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Owning the links

Posted at: 07/23/2013 9:42 PM



(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Jessie Sindlinger is phenomenal. There's really no other way to describe how great the Charles City native is at golf. And it all started when she was just nine years old.

"I got a hole-in-one when I was nine with my grandma," said Sindlinger.

Jessie started playing golf when she was five years old, but it took that hole-in-one for something to change.

"I was like 'Wow, maybe I could be good at this,'" explained Sindlinger.

Good is an understatement. Jessie is a four-time state champion in Iowa girls' high school golf. She fired a 65 to win this year, and that's not even her best round.

"The second year was at Adel and I shot a 60, my best round ever, as a sophomore, so that was really cool," said Jessie.

Sindlinger will head to Iowa in the fall to play golf for the Hawkeyes, with hopes of a future on the LPGA. It's a very realistic goal, especially because she's already a pro at the hardest part of the game.

"Golf's all mental. My dad helped a lot with that because he wrestled and played football for Iowa. He made the mental part easy, focused a lot on that and helped me get through all that," said Sindlinger. "I just think about the fact that there's 18 holes so if you have a bad shot there's always the next shot. You just have to play one at a time."

For a golfer like Jessie though, most of the shots in her future should be great. She is playing in the Junior PGA Championship in Washington D.C. starting Monday and was also recently named the National Female High School Golfer of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.