Katelyn Morris has come a long way in a short time. Although a relative newcomer to golf, the Nashville Community High School senior has earned a scholarship to Kaskaskia College and recently signed a letter of intent.
"I just started [playing] a year and a half ago," said Morris. "So I've kind of just gotten the hang of it. I'm very grateful that I was able to get this scholarship."
As the lone senior in the Hornettes' six-player lineup that qualified for the Class A state tourney where NCHS played fourth, Morris was a counter at state for Nashville and also received all-River-To-River Conference honors.
"In Katelyn, they [Kaskaskia] are getting a hard worker with a lot of potential," said Nashville coach Doug Kell. "She's shown incredible improvement and is consistent with her drives.
"You know she'll give it her best every time out and she's also a good teammate. She's the kind of person who keeps things light and helps keep everyone together."
"Katelyn hasn't been playing all that long but we feel she has great potential," said Kaskaskia coach Jay Garrett. "We're looking for her to keep improving and being competive next year.
"Coach Kell does a great job with the program. We've recruited athletes from Nashville before and had great success so we're looking forward to working with Katelyn."
Morris, an honors student at NCHS who plans to major in psychology in college, had reasons for choosing Kaskaskia. "They have a good golf program and I needed to get my general [studies] out of the way," she said. "Doing that and still being able to stay close to home appealed to me.
"I know I'll have to adjust to the schoolwork and golf together but I think it'll all work out well."
Pictured (seated) are Katelyn Morris (Center) Kerry and Kim Morris. Standing is NCHS Golf Coach Doug Kell and KC Golf Coach Jay Garrett.