Valley Center golf
Canaday, who started playing golf at age 8, won individual medalist honors at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division II in 2008. Last week she won a tournament at Sierra Hills, shooting a 66. But golf isn't all she does. She plays multiple sports and has a 4.0 GPA. Her last non-A was a B in eighth-grade geometry.
How did you get into golf?
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"My grandma, Betty, she started me in junior golf at Rolling Hills. She's 78, but we still go golfing together. Her knees are really bad, so probably just like once a month. It's usually at Rolling Hills."
Do you enjoy golf?
"I love it when I'm playing good and I hate it when I'm playing bad. Whenever I'm playing bad, I try not to completely think about anything at all, or I'll keep getting worse."
Coach Mike McCormick said you help your teammates quite a bit. What kind of help do you give?
"If anybody has any problems with anything, I tell them it's OK to ask me for help with anything. Most of them usually take advantage of that. It's usually what they are doing with their swing and how to improve their swing. It's a lot of fun for me because it helps me take my mind off my game. Sometimes I get too wrapped up and psych myself out. It helps me out to take my mind off it."
What other sports do you or have you played?
"I also play basketball and softball. I've played volleyball, basketball, softball, I've done gymnastics for my whole life and I play indoor soccer. I stopped doing gymnastics at the beginning of this year, but I'm thinking of getting back into it.... Golf (is my favorite) because it's relaxing and no running is involved.... I'm in choir, too. I'm in the madrigals."
So how do you balance all this?
"I've always played a lot of sports growing up, so I kind of got used to not having any free time."