Faces in KS: Anna Pool

Anna Pool of Coffeyville is 8-0 in 2014 and eyeing first 4A state title. (submitted photos).
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Oct 9, 2014

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Coffeyville Field Kindley junior, Anna Pool, is becoming one of the best high school golfers in Kansas right before our eyes. But it all started way back on the course with her dad, Kevin.

"I have been golfing since I was about five. My dad is a golfer and would take me along with him and his buddies." Pool said. "I decided I wanted to get serious about it when I was around eight so I have been playing for eight or nine years."

Becoming a good golfer doesn't just happen overnight. Pool has spent countless hours on the course and she loves to practice. She knows by putting in the time that someday it will pay off, which looks like it's well on it's way to doing so.

"I love to practice. I’ll spend hours alone on the putting green or chipping. Since I was about 13 I’d spend as much time as I could on the golf course playing by myself or with anyone that would let me tag along. I sacrifice some time with my friends, but hopefully someday it will all be worth it." Pool said.

So what exactly has all this practice done? She has dominated competition over her junior year in 2014 on the way to an 8-0 start. Not only did she win her third consecutive Southeast Kansas League title this season, she won it by 24 strokes. Pool has a low 9-hole score of 34 (-2) and a low 18-hole score of 70 (-2). She holds a stroke average of 74. 

"This season has gone really gone well for me so far. I've had a lot of fun playing every week. I have several goals and just try to reach them one at a time." Pool said.

She finished second both as a freshman (2012) and sophomore (2013) in the 4A state golf championships. As a freshman, she shot a 72 to tie with Girard's Timbrelee McNair, but took second in a playoff. As a sophomore, she shot a 79 and lost by one stroke to Buhler's Taryn Torgerson. When asked if Pool is hungry for a state title after being so close the last two seasons.

"YES. But I try to remember that I have to let it come to me. I can't force it. I’ll just play golf and control what I can and hope that it’s enough." Pool said. 

Coffeyville Country Club, which will host the 4A regionals next Monday, is Pool's home course. She will have the opportunity to go 9-0 on the season and qualify for the 4A state championships for the third consecutive year at home. Not only is it her home course, it's her favorite.

"It’s absolutely awesome. I'm very lucky to have such a nice place to play and practice. The members there are like family to me. I really enjoy playing there." Pool said. 

Look for Pool to be the favorite to capture the 4A title in both 2014 & 2015. Regionals take place on Monday October 13th as state is slated for October 20th at Dub's Dread Golf Course in Kansas City. We caught up with Pool below. 

Q&A w/ Anna Pool

How did you get involved in golf?

My dad is a golfer and would take me along to watch him and his buddies play so I picked it up from them.

How long have you been golfing?

I have been golfing since I was about 5. But I decided that I wanted to get serious about it when I turned 8 so I have been playing about 8 or 9 years.

How has this season gone for you so far?

This season has gone really gone well for me so far. I've had a lot of fun playing every week. I have several goals and just try to reach them one at a time.

The last two years you finished 2nd  in state, are you hungry for a state title?

YES! But I try to remember that I have to let it come to me. I can't force it. I’ll just play golf and control what I can and hope that it’s enough.

Who is some of your competition this year in 4A and in your area?

Some of the competition I have in my area is Erica Gartner. We battle it out every week in the SEK and we have grown pretty close. In 4A I know Brittani Jenson from playing golf throughout the summer and she plays really well.

Where is your home course and how is it?

My home course is Coffeyville Country Club and it’s absolutely awesome! I'm very lucky to have such a nice place to play and practice. The members there are like family to me. I really enjoy it.

Best course that you have ever played on? Worst?

Best course I have ever played on is a tough one! I think every golf course is beautiful in its own way but the one I enjoyed playing at the most was probably Branson Creek or the Univ of Arkansas Razorbacks home course - The Blessing. It really is a blessing lol! There are a few bad ones that we have to play, but you just try and do what you can to forget about the condition of the course.

How many rounds of golf do you play during golf season?

During my high school season I play at least 5 or 6 18 hole rounds and a few 9 hole rounds. Then we play 18 at regionals and state. I play a lot of rounds during my season (February through November) so it's hard to put a number to it.

What is it like to grow up in Coffeyville?

It is a lot of fun growing up in Coffeyville. I absolutely love that I get to say that Coffeyville, Kansas is my hometown.

How much is golf a mental game?

Golf I have to say is one of the hardest mental games, maybe as much as 50% mental. Sometimes I let it get the best of me, but I have to stay positive and keep my head up at all times. Golf is definitely not a game of perfection and I have a hard time remembering that. You must play in the present at all times and forget about the last shot.

Advice to someone looking to get into the game of golf?

Enjoy every moment on the golf course. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful games out there. Have fun and play for fun!

Any college looks?

There’s been a few, but it’s early in the process. Hopefully after state I can concentrate more effort in that area.

Favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school is probably art I love working on different projects all the time. I also have a digital media and broadcasting class that I really enjoy too.

Do you play any other sports?

I do not play any other sports. I love to run so I am considering doing track in the spring but it interferes with my golf practice so I probably won't do that.

One thing the average person wouldn't know about you?

When I was a little girl I wanted to be a Dixie Chick. I love music and totally thought I could rock out in a concert. Let's just say we are all glad I picked up golf! Lol.