Jackson competes at 6A state golf tournament

PEARLAND — Pearland freshman golfer Kendall Jackson did something that no other Lady Oiler had done and that was to recently qualify and compete in the 6A state golf tournament.

Jackson turned in rounds of 76 and 77 to qualify for the Class 6A state girls tournament and place fifth at the Region III-6A tournament at Eagle Pointe Golf Club in Mont Belvieu

"Her two rounds were not only her personal bests, but broke the Pearland High School girl's record of 78," said Pearland coach Robert Stiles. "Kendall qualifying for the state tournament was the single most impressive performances that I've witnessed one of my athletes achieve in 12 years as a coach.

"She is one of the most promising athletes that I've coached. She has the talent, drive, work ethic, and mental game of much more experienced athletes."

At the state golf tournament, Jackson opened with a 76 that put her in the middle of the pack for medalist honors after the first day. However, the second day the young golfer's soared to an 89 for a two-round total of 165.

Libby Winans of Plano East took first place in Class 6A with a two-day score of 69-66=135 while Anne Chen of Fort Bend Clements shot 69-69=138 for second-place and Jennie Park of Lewisville Hebron finished third with 72-68=140.

"As well rounded as she is, Kendall knows she can get better." Stiles said. "Right now she is focused particularly on her putting and short game. When she gets more consistent in these areas, watch out."