Catching up with Sarah Harrison is not the easiest thing to do.
The 16-year-old Augusta Christian Senior High School junior has been busy this summer playing golf, competing mostly on the American Junior Golf Association tour.
On June 27, Harrison finished third at the AJGA’s Killington (Vt.) Junior Golf Championship.
In a field of 35, Harrison carded rounds of 75-72-72 (219) in the 54-hole event, finishing just two strokes behind winner Lita Guo of Auckland, New Zealand.
With her finish, Harrison is exempt and able to play in any AJGA event in the next two years.
“I’m fully exempt and I can get into any tournament I want to, so it’s awesome,” said Harrison.
Playing in a field with players from across the country and internationally helped her raise her level of play.
“It’s kind of exciting when you know you have to do well because some of these international people are really, really good,” Harrison said. “It just pushes you and makes you use your golf management more.”
She had initially hoped for a top-10 finish, but expectations changed after the second round when she found herself down just two strokes.
“Once I saw my 75-72, I said dang, let’s just go win this thing, let’s do this,” she said.
Harrison followed that up traveling to the Cartersville (Ga.) Country Club on July 1, competing with 41 other girls for one of five spots in the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, which will be held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., July 22-27.
She shot a 7-over 79, three shots off the final qualifying score and finished tied for 15th. She was surprised by the qualifying scores.
“I guess everybody had a bad day,” Harrison said.
In 2012, Harrison tied for 11th in the girls division, but because she was not exempt at the time, she did not register to play for the 2013 E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship at Jones Creek Golf Club beginning Tuesday, July 30. With her exemption, however, she will have the opportunity to play in a qualifier on Sunday, July 28.
While she has to finish high school and possibly attend college, playing professionally has definitely crossed Harrison’s mind.
“That’d be awesome, getting to win a lot of money to play golf,” Harrison said.