High School Golfer Turns Heartbreak into Opportunity of a Lifetime
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls golfer’s act of integrity grabbed national headlines last month.
Now, it’s giving her the opportunity of a lifetime to play with some of the best up-and-coming female golfers in the world.
“Honestly unbelief,” says Kate Wynja.
18-year-old Kate Wynja was floored when she got the call telling her she’s been picked to play alongside nearly 150 golf professionals in the Symetra Tour GreatLIFE Challenge.
“In my mind I was just like oh my gosh I hope this works. I hope that I have nothing going on. Just the fact that i get to take part in that is crazy,” says Wynja.
Last month, the future college golfer was set to win the high school state golf tournament, but she reported her own score-card violation and was disqualified.
Her honesty didn’t go unnoticed.
“She’s the type of girl, the type of golfer that we want to give an opportunity to. She had some bad luck. Now, hey why not have her play with some of the best golfers in the world,” says Jason Sudenga of GreatLIFE.
Every year, GreatLIFE allows a local amateur golfer to play in the event. GreatLIFE typically holds a qualifier, but this year they decided to handpick Kate instead. Golf Director Jason Sudenga says it wasn’t a hard choice.
“So this year Kate was kind of a no brainer,” says Sudenga.
The soon to be Northwestern College freshman wants to embrace every moment of this chance.
“Mostly it’s for the experience because I love in golf getting to meet new people and to get to meet these ladies who are actually pros. Also if I play well that’d be great,” says Wynja.
No matter how she scores Kate is turning heartbreak into a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The tournament runs Labor Day weekend Thursday through Sunday. Tickets will be available at Willow Run Golf Course during the event.