Tiffany Curtis doesn't stalk birdies like a cat terrorizing its backyard.
But if a few decide to swoop in and land on her shoulder, she's not going to shrug.
"I've decided the best approach for me right now is to not to get in trouble chasing birdies," said Curtis, 15, of Crown Point. "Rather, I aim for par and let the birdies take care of themselves."
At the Indiana Section Junior PGA Championships held July 11-12, Curtis earned medalist honors in the girls 13-15 division after shooting consecutive rounds of 77 and 75.
"During Saturday's round, I ran into a trouble on the 17th hole," Curtis said of her double-bogey 6. "I got caught in a hazard, then over-shot the green trying to get out."
I could have been worse if Curtis hadn't one-putted once she got on the green.
"That's my strength ... my short game," Curtis said. "My putting and my chips. My drives are also coming along."
Overall, Curtis placed third among at the Indiana Section Championships, five shots back of Morgan Nadaline of Anderson, who advances to the Junior PGA National Championship this fall in Virginia.
Curtis will be a sophomore at CPHS this fall. Last year as a freshman, Curtis was a state qualifier for the Bulldogs and was named the team's MVP.
The Bulldogs' home course is Youche Country Club, which is a chip-shot away from the high school.
"I like this course," said Curtis, who has been playing golf since she was 3 years old. "I like the way the hazards and trees are placed on the course ... the way it's designed. It provides a lot of challenges.
"And the people here are nice."