Golf and goats at the Golfweek Junior Series

MESA, Ariz. – There are a few reasons that 17-year-old Mieke Canan at this week’s stop on the Golfweek Junior Series.

For starters, she has committed to New Mexico State and Longbow Golf Club is the site of this year’s WAC Conference Championship. The Aggies are in the WAC and she thought it would be a good way to give her future teammates some tips.

What’s her advice?

“The greens are really fast and challenging where they put the pins,” Canan said. “You need to get the right feel for the greens and know where to place the ball on certain pin placements.”

Canan has also never been to Mickey Mouse’s backyard. In fact, she has never been east of Texas. She’s hoping to finish in the top 5 at Longbow and advance to the Golfweek Junior Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., in November because “it’s good to have competition against good players you never get to see,” she says.

Not only is Canan a good golfer, but she’s also a great equestrian. Part of the reason she chose New Mexico State was because of their Equine Science program. Not only does Canan ride horses but she also competes in other rodeo events like barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying.

Last year she was the goat tying grand champion for the Yuma Progressive Barrel Racing Association. She also finished eighth in roping in Arizona’s 4H Show in the 15-18 year old division.

Whether it’s participating in golf or rodeo events, this young lady knows how to get to the championships. We’ll see if she can play in Annika’s backyard soon enough for the Golfweek Junior Invitational.

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