Mary Bryan Owen made her high school golf debut last season and won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship by 12 strokes. Her four-over-par 76 at Fox Hollow Golf Course helped the Reds win their sixth straight team title.
One match into her sophomore year, the 16-year-old remains undefeated in high school golf. She and teammate Lyndsey Miller won their first regular-season match, which is nine holes and uses the four-ball format.
Owen, who is a triplet with brothers Davis and Edward, plays American Junior Golf Association tournaments during the summer. Last summer, she made the Maryland team that combined with Virginia to battle North and South Carolina in the Mid-Atlantic Girls Challenge. An 'A' student who also plays squash, she would like to play golf in college but plans to be a recreational golfer after that.
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Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210, USA
How did you get started playing golf?
My dad started all of his children. He loves golf and we all decided whether to go forward with it or not.
What's the earliest golf memory you have?
We used to do these golf clinics at BCC (the Baltimore Country Club). It was like hitting on the range with one of the pros there.
What's the strongest part of your game?
I like my mid-irons. I think that's the strongest. The approach shots to the green, I think they're the most consistent. They tend to go the straightest.
What went particularly well for you during the championship last season?
I really wanted to win and nothing was really that off. My short game was good, especially the second day. I had like three birdies, so that keeps the score down a little bit.
What part of your game are you working on?
My sand shots. They could be more consistent distance-wise and fairway bunkers, I could work on that a little bit. Maybe drives, too. All of that could be just a little more consistent.
You won as a freshman, so do you feel any pressure to repeat?
I guess it was easier last year. No one really knew who you were, so you just kind of caught them by surprise. I don't really feel that much pressure. I guess it's a little more pressure, but I put that on myself. I want to do better this year in championships, improve the score and how I play.
Inevitably there are frustrating moments in any golf round. How do you handle those and get through them?
Sometimes I don't handle it all too well (laughs), but I try just to focus on the next shot and take a lot of deep breaths.
Do both of your brothers play golf?
Are you two competitive?