When other girls Tiffany Curtis’ age were learning to play soccer or softball, she was tagging along with her dad to the driving range.
“That’s kind of how it all started,” said Curtis, the Crown Point sophomore who started playing golf when she was just 3 years old. “I got real serious when I was 10.”
Curtis’ dedication to the game has paid off as she looks to build on last season where she qualified for the state finals.
“It was real exciting,’ she said. “I didn’t do as well as I expected, but it was a learning experience.”
Crown Point coach Jon Haas is glad to welcome Curtis back and said she’s improved her game in the off season.
“Having that kind of experience in your lineup is going to be pretty helpful to our program,” he said.
Curtis and junior Alyssa Harvey, who won the sectional in 2011, give C.P. a solid duo at the top.
“I’m really excited for the season,” Curtis said. “We lost some good players, but we’ve some good players coming back. I’m looking forward to seeing how well we’ll do. I think we’ll do pretty good this year.”
Curtis has been working on her play from 100 yards in to improve her overall game, and she has participated in a number of summer tournaments. Haas isn’t surprised by her dedication.
“Once the snow was off the ground, she picked up the clubs,” he said. “She works extremely hard.”
Although she just a sophomore, Curtis has a goal to play at the next level, but right now she’s focused on helping the Bulldogs get better.
“We like to push ourselves, and we definitely like to win,” she said. “Hopefully we can go out there and win. … We’ve bonded together, and our team wants to make the trip down to the state finals.”
Haas believes Curtis’ game has a high ceiling because of her love for the game and determination. He said she’ll build on last season’s state finals appearance.
“She’s going to be more confident,” he said. “… She knows what it’s going to take to get back.”