High School Sports Buzz: E-W golfer Kimberly Santiago has drive to succeed

Q & A with E-W golfer Kimberly Santiago
The E-W sophomore on the links.

Sophomore Kimberly Santiago is one of six Edmonds-Woodway golfers who have a fantastic chance of going to state on the girls’ side. Her awards and recognitions include:
– 2008 & 2009 WJGA (Washington Junior Golf Association) State Junior Champion (14-15 Age Division)
– Medalist at 2009 AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) Qualifier at Wenatchee
– Medalist at 2009 Wesco South Championship (WIAA)
– Tied for 2nd Place at the 2009 Callaway Junior World Qualifier in El Cajon, CA
– Tied for 3rd Place at the 2009 AJGA (American Junior Golf Association)
Qualifier at Stockton, CA
Sporting a current handicap of 1.6, Santiago earned a spot on the North Pacific Junior Ladies (NPJL) team last year, and she is  continuing to play with NPJL this year. My Edmonds News sports columnist Michael Johnson conducted a recent question-and-answer session with the sophomore golf star via email:

1) How did you get started with golf, and what inspired you to continue playing?

My older brother was playing golf with my dad, and I wanted to do everything my brother did when I was young. I’m a quiet person, so being on the open course all alone is nice. When I started beating other kids, I started to enjoy winning.

2) What is your biggest individual accomplishment, and why?

My biggest accomplishment is winning the WJGA State tournament 14-15 age group two years in a row.

3) Are there any golfers you enjoy watching, or anyone you model your game or playing style after?

My favorite golfer is Na Yeon Choi. I also enjoy watching Yani Tseng and Jiyai Shin.

4) Any challenges you’ve faced while golfing?

I just need to always keep my focus and not get distracted by how others play.

5) Can you remember your best individual high school performance, and how many strokes/points you had? How did it feel playing such a great game?

I won the divisionals last year. I was ahead of Seo Hee Moon (former state 4A champion from Kamiak High School) by 2 strokes. It felt good to shoot 1 under par at Jackson from the red tees. Playing with a good golfer like Seo Hee was good competition and helped push me to play well.

6) If you could golf with one professional golfer, who would it be and why?

I would want to golf with Yani Tseng because she can hit the ball really far and is such a happy person. I’d also like to ask her to help me work on my Chinese.

Sports results from the week of April 19-25:

Monday April 19, 2010


Edmonds-Woodway 10, Meadowdale 9

Nathan Ball (M) 3-5, 2B; Renn Smith (M) 2-2, 2 RBI

Austin Jones (EW) 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Joe Lopresti (EW) 2-6, 2B


Glacier Peak 10, Meadowdale 0

Tuesday April 20, 2010


Glacier Peak 4, Meadowdale 3

Singles: Josie Dow, M, d. Catherine Jorgensen 6-1, 6-3; Olivia Bates, M, d. Louisa Pendergast 6-1, 6-4; Nadean Al-ali, G, d. Isabel Reeb 6-0, 7-5; Amchelle Clendenin, G, d. Breanna Sankey 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles: Monica Gille-Sarah Desautels, G, d. Vanessa Woo-Natalie Buslach 6-2, 6-4; Sam Long-Sami Boggs, G, d. Hamburg-Jennifer Bishop 6-2, 6-4; Kayleigh Barrett-Brianna Bishop, M, d. Sarah Beach-Aiko Szymczak 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.


Edmonds-Woodway 4, Meadowdale 1

Ryan Budnick (EW) 2-3, RBI; Blaine Liukko (EW) 2-3, 2 R, 7 IP, 2H, R, 12K.


Kamiak 2, Edmonds-Woodway 1

Wednesday April 21, 2010


Meadowdale 2, Shorewood 1

Meadowdale goals: Sam Werner, Cyrus Fiene

Thursday April 22, 2010


Girls— Katie Tougas won the 100m dash and was the lead-off leg on two winning relays against Glacier Peak.

Boys— Alec Fellows won the 110m high hurdles, high jump, triple jump, and was 2nd in the discus against Glacier Peak.


Edmonds-Woodway 6, Mariner 1

Singles:: Amanda Waldron (EW) d. Vita Sayenko 6-2, 6-1; Jane Hong (EW) d. Britney Janssand 6-2, 6-1; Michelle Nelson (EW) d. Michelle Died 6-0, 6-1; Michelle Tran (EW) d. Laura Pfeifer 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.

Doubles:Sophie Roben-Sarah Fine (EW) d. Daril Perez-Karla Perez 6-3, 7-6(5); Nykole Mitchell-Ribka Panjaitan (M) def. Liz Wilson-Annie Wilson 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; Mackenzie O’Brien-Mikala Valdez (EW) def. Jessa Newberg-Prisila Suwuh 6-2, 6-4.


Jackson 8, Edmonds-Woodway 2

Ryan Budnick (EW) 2-3; Derek Callahan (EW) 2-3, 2 RBI

Shorecrest 3, Meadowdale 2

Taylor Brennan (M) 2-2, 2B, RBI


Lynnwood 9, Edmonds-Woodway 1

Hayes (EW) 2-3, 2B, RBI

Meadowdale 8, Mountlake Terrace 2

S. Haukap (M) 3-4, R; Studioso (M) 4-4, 2 2B, 2R, RBI.

Friday April 23, 2010


Meadowdale 17, Shorecrest 16

Meadowdale:  Taylor Brennan 3-4, 2B, 3R, RBI, HR; Sam Herzer, 1-2, R, RBI, HR; Tyler McCabe 2-5, HR, RBI, R; Andrew Suh 3-3, 4R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR; Chris Osborne 2-5, RBI, R, HR.


Edmonds-Woodway 4,  Kamiak 3

Singles: Audrey Lee (K) d. Amanda Waldron 2-6, 6-1, 7-5; Alyssa Gilbert (K) d. Jane Hong 1-6, 7-5, 6-2; Michelle Nelson (E-W) d. Annie Yang 5-7, 7-5, 6-4; Veronica Ahn (K) d. Michelle Tran 6-4, 6-4. Doubles:Sophie Roben-Sarah Fine (E-W) d. Zoe Jovanovich-Abby Wegley 6-4, 6-4; Annie Wilson-Liz Wilson (E-W) d. Nahee Kwak-Alice Oh 6-3, 6-2; Mackenzie O’Brien-Mikala Valdez (E-W) d. Joyce Kim-Christina Cho 6-3, 6-2.

Saturday April 24, 2010


Lake Stevens Viking Classic Invitational

Katie Tougas won the 100m dash, 200m dash, was on the third place 400m relay team and won the long jump, jumping a new school record of 17-05.5. Tougas was also named Female Athlete of the Meet.

Alec Fellows won the 110m high hurdles, high jump, long jump, and the triple jump in a new school record of 45-03. Fellows was also named Male Athlete of the Meet.

Amia Nash won the 400m dash to complete the E-W Sprint Sweep (110m, 200m, and 400m dash victories-teamed up with Tougas) and Nash was also 2nd in the 200m for an E-W 1-2 Finish in that event as well.

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