CLEVELAND – Kendall Prince is about to pull up her Ohio roots, but not before one last tournament in the Buckeye State.
Prince, last year’s Big 10 Freshman of the Year at Ohio State, says she doesn’t even feel like she’s in Ohio this week for the U.S. Women’s Amateur at The Country Club. The Lake Oswego, Ore., native had never ventured far from campus in Columbus, about 150 miles southwest of Cleveland.
Prince returns home immediately after the U.S. Women’s Amateur to retrieve her car and drive south to Arizona. She’ll join that roster this fall. Prince had originally committed to Oregon before deciding on Ohio State.
“I was looking to get back on the West Coast and ready for the Pac 12,” she said of her decision. “I think with Coach Laura (Ianello), it’s just a really good fit. I think that (good) weather year round will really help my game.”
Being healthy will, too. Prince missed the Big 10 Championship and NCAA regionals and nationals at the end of the spring because of a ruptured appendix. She had to sit out a month until she returned to full health.
“It was right at the time I was playing well,” said Prince, whose junior golf career was plagued with extreme fatigue brought on by an immune disorder.
She returned to competition at the Oregon Women’s Amateur on June 20 (where she finished runner-up to UC Davis’ Amy Simanton), played a few assorted qualifiers and ends her summer at the Women’s Amateur. She shot 4-over 76 in Round 1 at The Country Club, and sits just outside the cutline for match play.