Kendall Todd was one of four athletes from Arizona to compete in the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship this month at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
She had the best placement out of all Valley athletes, with a finish of 11 over par. She tied fifth in the girls bracket.
An Arizona Connections Academy senior from Goodyear, Todd has made a name for herself by her continued involvement in U.S. tournaments. Most notably, she won the 2020 State Junior Golf Championship at TPC Scottsdale.
Todd said it was a privilege to compete against other great athletes from around the country.
“It was a great experience,” Todd said. “It was great to be able to play with some of the best golfers.”
In addition to the competition, she said the tournaments have played a big role in her development as a player.
“I feel the tournaments help you become a better golfer,” Todd said. “They develop your course management and just make you an all-around better player.”
Todd was named to the 2020 American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Junior All-America Team. She was recently ranked by the AJGA as the No. 34-ranked girls’ golfer in the world.
She has the desire to continue playing golf throughout her years in high school and college and aspires to join the LPGA someday.
The UNLV commit credited her father for teaching her about golf at the age of 10. The early years on the course helped her become the athlete she is today.
“My dad got me into golf,” Todd said. “I would drive around his golf cart, and eventually I just got some golf clubs and fell in love with the sport.”
It didn’t always come easy. Todd admitted she’s had bad days, but she learned to move on. That is the biggest lesson she learned from golf.
“You can’t be hard on yourself,” Todd said. “You have to be able to forget about your bad shots and move on to the next one. You can’t let 18 holes get to you. You have to enjoy it, not just be out there to win.”
Now she’s ready to make an impact for the women’s golf team at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Todd wants to do “big things” for the program and is revving up for the experience.
For now, she has only one thing on her mind: “My main focus is golf.”