Emma Worgum has been golfing for about as long as she can remember.
At the age of 7, she attended a golf camp at Eaglemont Golf Course, and before that her father had her swinging tiny clubs.
“I remember hitting the ball off a mat in the backyard,” Worgum said. “Now I get to go to driving ranges.”
Worgum, a La Conner freshman, finished 12th this spring at the Class 1A/2B/1B State Tournament.
For her efforts during a season in which La Conner brought back its golf program after a two-year hiatus, Worgum is the Skagit Valley Herald Girls’ Golfer of the Year.
Finishing 12th at state was a big step for a golfer who not only was in her first year of high school play, but benefited from having a coach for the first time.
“It’s a new program, and having a coach has been helpful,” Worgum said. “We changed around some stuff.”
Those changes included tweaking her swing to make it more vertical than flat, as well as altering her putting grip.
“My putting grip, we made a change so I can’t use my wrist so much,” she said. “I was open to these changes. Honestly, I was kind of lost at the beginning of the season, so I was ready to make some changes.”
Those changes helped her accomplish what she set out to do this season, including finishing in the top 15 at state and posting scores in the upper 70s to low 80s.
“I was excited about state,” Worgum said. “There is obviously plenty to improve on and I can always say I can do better. But I was really excited to have finished 12th.”
Amid all the changes, her strengths flourished, especially when it came to iron play.
“Chipping is my favorite shot,” Worgum said. “I am just really comfortable with my irons. Pitching shots from about 100 yards and in, that’s where I’m good. I like having (the ball) go to the pin and watching it roll toward it.”
Between this season and next, Worgum will work on other aspects of her game.
“Putting,” she said. “I really need to get my mental game better. Staying positive throughout. I can get frustrated, but for the most part, I stay pretty calm.”
For her sophomore campaign, she wants to be a more consistent scorer than she was this past season.
“I want to shoot consistently in the mid to high 70s,” Worgum said. “That’s my goal. I love the game and it’s a lot of fun. I’ll golf in 14 tournaments this summer around the state. It’s going to be busy. But it’s also going to be fun.”