DANIELS, W.Va. -- Harrisville's Sydney Snodgrass admits she enjoys competitive summer golf more than the fall high school season, and who can blame her?
Then again, the 17-year-old senior at Ritchie County High School has the opportunity to achieve something at October's 36-hole high school golf championships that never has been accomplished: be the first female to win medalist.
The prep golf regular season begins today around the state and ends on Sept. 30 when regionals are scheduled to be contested. The State Tournament is Oct. 8-9 at Oglebay Resort's Robert Trent Jones Course in Wheeling.
As for Snodgrass, the two-time Class AA All-State player wants to finish on top of the leaderboard after back-to-back close calls.
"I felt I put myself in good position last year and let it slip away," said Snodgrass, who was tied for the lead after the first round but shot an 85 and finished in a tie for seventh - seven shots behind champion Alston Spears of Roane County. "I didn't play real well, but I've improved so much from last year. It's unbelievable how much I've improved."
As a freshman, she finished 10th - two spots from earning All-State honors but 21 strokes behind Class AA medalist George Hamrick of Poca. As a sophomore, Snodgrass finished in a tie for fourth.
The girls play at 80 percent of the course's total yardage at the State Tournament, and Snodgrass' length gives her a marked advantage.
What's more, Snodgrass has been leaving the Mountain State to position herself for a scholarship, which has paid off.
"A lot of people don't know how I've been doing this year because I've been traveling," she said. "I have been playing against better competition and I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just made me better, helped me improve my own game."