Emily Anderson didn’t start playing golf until she was in the eighth grade at Porter Ridge Middle School.
But in the last four years, Anderson "has lived on the course," as she "eats, sleeps and breathes golf," according to Porter Ridge golf coach, Kevin Jarman.
In that same span, Anderson’s game evolved from a beginner to one of the top golfers in Union County. She has also become one of the top golfers in the Southwestern 4A conference, 4A West Region and the state.
Anderson has been the medalist in all of her regular season matches during her sophomore and junior years at Porter Ridge.
The 2014 SW4A player of the year, was the SW4A tournament runner-up in 2015.
Anderson also finished eighth at 4A West Regionals and 24th at states as a sophomore, improving to fourth at regionals and 24th again at states last year.
Now, the Porter Ridge senior -- currently ranked No. 74 in the state (Tarheel Youth Golf Association) and No. 34 in the state (Peggy Kirk Bell Prep Series) -- hopes to have her best for her last high school season.
"My main goal is to get my scoring average down," said Anderson, who averages a 38 per nine holes ; 80 per 18-holes; averages a 230-yard drive off the tee. "But, I would also love to win a conference championship and maybe even a regional championship."
Anderson also hopes to earn an opportunity to play college golf, where she says she has several schools showing interest.
Girls Golf Featured Player
Name: Emily Anderson
School/Class: Porter Ridge senior
Sport: Girls’ Golf
2015 Golf Stats: Southwestern 4A conference runner-up was medalist in each of her regular season matches, also finished fourth at 4A West Regional, 24th at the 4A state meet.
Why Her?: Anderson has been the medalist in all of her regular season matches over the past two years. Now, the Porter Ridge senior wants to finish her prep career with a championship run (conference, regionals, etc.).
Charlotte Observer Girls’ Golf Players to Watch
Kathryn Carson, Lake Norman, Sr.: 4A West Regional champ came up one spot short of a 4A state championship, now looks to cap her career with state title.
Moon Cheong, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: CISAA conference champion, NCISAA runner-up looking to finish her career in style with an individual and team title in her final high school season.
Jodee Tindall, South Pointe (SC), Sr.: Mercer University commit looks to be even better than her S.C. AAA co-Upper state champion, AAA state runner-up finish from a year ago.
Keri Kenkel, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: SoMeck8 conference champion proved she could contend on the biggest stages, finishing third at 4A West Regional, seventh at state meet.
Parker Melting, Independence, Jr.: The only girls’ golfer in Independence history will be a one-woman team again this year as she looks to be even stronger than her 2015 season, where she finished as Southwestern 4A conference champion, seventh at 4A West Regionals and 12th at the 4A state meet.
Ellie Porman, Stuart Cramer, Sr.: Big South conference player of the year looking to top a dream junior season helping her team to school’s first league title in any sport while finishing as 1A/2A West Regional and state runner-up.
Charlotte Observer Girls’ Golf Teams to Watch
Charlotte Latin: The Hawks finished last season in heartbreaking fashion, losing on third hole of a playoff to rival Providence Day. With their top two players back, in all-state performers Moon Cheong and Alexis Sudjianto, look for Latin to contend for the top spot again.
Cannon School: Coach Pat Whisenant has made a habit of putting together championship teams with both the Cougar boys and girls. This season, the Cannon has the young talent -- led sophomores, Sophie Holland, Mirabelle Callabrase and Muskan Uppal as well as freshman, Elena Jacoby – to make a run at a state title, again.
Charlotte Catholic: The Cougars return two of the states’ best in Keri Kenkel and Michelle Harn, and look to prove they can contend for conference, regional and state bragging rights.
Gaston Christian: All-state performer, Taylor Hinson, led the Eagles to their first state tournament in school history, finishing fourth in the state individual. Now, the Gaston Christian senior and UNC Asheville commit headlines a team that has six of their top eight players back and believes they be contenders.
Hough: The Huskies have proven they can dominate the MECKA 4A conference, now look to do the same in regional/state play with senior, Natalie Cleveland and junior, Hannah Hovsepian, leading a talented team.