ANN ARBOR - Showing on the television inside the Melendez household every morning are videos of Tiger Woods' most famous performances throughout his career. It's a reminder to Pioneer junior golfer Amaya Melendez and her two younger siblings, Mia and Robert, to continue to chase their golf aspirations each day - and it's paid off for the family.
Amaya Melendez has been an elite player for Pioneer since she stepped on the first tee three years ago during her freshman season. She is one of those quiet, very quiet in fact, players who doesn't stand out in a crowd until she has a golf club in her hand - then she stands out, really stands out.
The Pioneer girls' golf team capped off its perfect 13-0 record in the regular season with a first-place finish on Wednesday at the SEC Tournament at Rustic Glen Golf Club in Saline. The Pioneers finished with a team score of 348 to edge talented Skyline for the title.
The weather is a factor that effects players in different ways. A challenging golf course also can cause a player's swing to shutter at different times or certainly influence not only confidence but decisions made on the links. But those are factors every player and team deals with when they tee it up this time of the year in Michigan.
It's funny what can set some people off on a course to greatness. Pioneer's Amaya Melendez fired a second-round 76 at the Division 1 MHSAA state finals Saturday on The Meadows at Grand Valley State University and finished with a two-day score of 156.
Mini Herb Fowler champs, William Chung and Amaya Melendez