Koko Terada won’t remember her golf experience this summer for the numbers she put up. Instead, the 16-year-old who is just starting her junior year at Douglas High School sees the experience as an educational one which she believes will pay off in the future.
“It was really enlightening, I guess, like humbling,” she said. “I wasn’t shooting my best scores and things kept piling on one after the other, but now I’ve got my feet back under me and I feel like I came out like a bigger person learning from the stuff I had to go through.”
Terada gained valuable experience from a PGA Junior Tour event at Genoa Lakes and the Mary Cave Cup on Aug. 6-8, 2013 in San Diego — the latter a team event that had players representing Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, California, Utah and Nevada. Terada shot 11-over par 167 (84-83) at Sycuan Resort to finish 28th in the field.
“I didn’t play great, but I didn’t play horrible,” she said. “It was a new course for me, but it was definitely fun and really good experience for me.”
Terada believes she gained valuable experience in one particular aspect of her game.
“I definitely gained a lot of patience, with myself and my game,” she said. “I realized it’s not the mechanics of the swing that’s important, it’s having a good game and a stable head. That has really helped me control my emotions and stuff about a bad shot or whatever. I feel that’s where I grew the most.”
Now, Terada is looking forward to her fall season for the Douglas girls golf team. She returns from a successful 2012 season capped by her third-place state tournament performance at Wild Creek Golf Course, where she shot 154 (79-75). That marked a 13-shot improvement from the week before, when she shot 167 to place ninth at the Division I Northern Regional Tournament at Sierra Sage. Terada also placed sixth in the regional and 16th at state as a freshman.
This fall, the Tigers expect to field a solid team that hopes to compete for a top-two finish at the regional tournament, which would earn a trip to Las Vegas for state.
“We should have a really good lineup,” Terada said. “We have six or eight solid players. These girls can shoot in the 90s and 80s, so that gives us a really good advantage.”