COLUMBUS — Makenna Jones will be the first person to admit she felt like she didn’t play her best.
But that doesn’t take away what the National Trail sophomore has accomplished in her first two seasons of high school of golf.
Jones, who was second team all-Ohio as a freshman, placed 22nd at the 10th Annual Girls Division II State Golf Tournament and 25th overall girls tournament, shooting a two-day total of 166, at The Ohio State University Gray Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14.
“This first day was alright,” she said. “I struggled with my driver the first day really, really bad, but I pulled it together. Today, I hit the ball great, but 42 putts. I think the secret to the Gray Course is it’s either going to break a lot or it isn’t going to break at all. I think that was a good learning experience for me. This year, I just didn’t get it. It just wasn’t there.”
Jones shot 78 on the first day and an 88 on day two.
She said day two was a struggle from the beginning.
“Just right from the get-go it just wasn’t (working). Then it was just a mental fight all day that they just weren’t going to go in,” she said. “What are you going to do?”
Jones said she’s never had 42 putts in a round.
“I’ll tell that ain’t going to happen again,” she said. “It isn’t.”
“Both days it’s kind of the same thing,” Trail coach Troy Ferguson said. “Especially today, just the putter was kind of her downfall. Everything else she was hitting the ball well. It was just that kind of day.”
Ferguson said despite the disappointment Jones is feeling she has a lot of be proud of.
“That’s what I keep trying to tell her. The big picture is ‘your a sophomore and you’ve been here twice. You got two more chances at it. There are hundreds of thousands of girls playing golf in the state and your’re here and a lot of those kids would love to be here.’” he said. “I’m proud of the way she battled through yesterday. She’s got to be proud of herself. It’s accomplishment. It really is to say you’ve been here two years in a row.”
Being a two-time state qualifier made it a little easier for Jones, but just a little.
“There’s something there. I am going to be able to take something from it,” she said. “A learning experience for sure.”
Jones is looking forward to making a return trip next season.
“I feel good about it. It’s going to be okay,” she said.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH