Grantham making an impact on the links

Morgan Grantham is a golfer on the rise.

The Kingman High School freshman-to-be is spending her summer competing in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and she is making an impact.

Last week, Grantham won the 13-14 year olds first flight division.

She also tied for fifth place overall in her age division in a Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament in Glendale.

Grantham had three 18-hole rounds of 84, 84 and 82.

"There were some really good players that we there and I had a tough time competing against them," said the daughter of Lu and George Grantham.

"The course is pretty tough and I wasn't used to the grass.

I try to play against the course, and beat my previous scores."

This week, Grantham will be staying at home.

She will be one of five Kingman golfers taking part in the Kingman Junior Championship, which is a part of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona being held today and Friday at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course.

Other Kingman golfers in the tournament are Andrew Carlin, Sean Williams, John Cantrell and Sean Lawson.

There will be a total of 125 golfers in town from across the state.

"In a tournament that is at home I just don't want to play too bad because it is my home course," Grantham said.

"I should play well, but you never know.

I will have a slight advantage because I know the greens and I have played it many times.

"I am sure the competition will get used to the greens.

At first playing 36 holes was pretty hard, but now I am starting to get used to it."

As could be expected, Grantham is a regular at Cerbat Cliffs.

She hits the greens six days a week.

"I try to get out there everyday and play," Grantham said.

"I try to shoot in the low 80s, and right now I am trying to shoot in the 70s.

In order to get there, I will need to work on my approach shots and my putting.

"I work more on my putting," she said.

"It is the most important because probably that takes the most concentration."

According to Grantham, she can hit her driver on average 220 yards.

"The longest I can hit is 275 yards," she said.

Grantham has been in golf tournaments the past four years.

"I started playing when I was really little, but I didn't compete in any tournaments until about four years ago," Grantham said.

Grantham got interested in golf because of her parents.

"The Granthams have grown up playing golf on Cerbat Cliffs," Lu Grantham said.

"Golf has just been a long family tradition.

It is pretty hard taking Morgan to all these golf tournaments, but it is a lot of fun.

We go to about one every week.

"We spend a lot of time traveling since we live in Kingman."

And Morgan can't wait to start playing high school golf, which starts in August.

"In high school, I just want to get out and play against some of the other schools," Grantham said.

"It will probably be difficult at the start because they will have more experience than what I have.

I should be fine as the season goes on."

She is hoping that all this hard work pays off and that she will get a chance to play college golf.

"I like to get a scholarship and they maybe if I could go farther and that would be great," Grantham said.

"I will have to wait and see what happens."