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Originally posted June 18, 2012
Nadia Majidi won or shared first place in six tournaments this past season. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Union's Nadia Majidi named All-Metro girls golfer of the year
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
NADIA MAJIDI got off an airplane in California last summer, eager to tee it up at Pebble Beach.
Good news: She located her golf clubs at baggage claim.
Bad news: The rest of her belongings - and her mother's bags - were missing.
"They lost our luggage at the airport and I was really stressed out," Majidi said.
She recalled it as a tough day - until she got her first glimpse of Pebble Beach.
"I walked out on the course and I was just like, oh, this is so worth it," Majidi said, suggesting that words can't describe how magical and gorgeous Pebble Beach is.
The missing luggage arrived later that night, after Majidi attended a banquet while wearing jeans instead of a dress she had packed for the occasion.
"But being at Pebble Beach definitely made that all just water under the bridge," she said.
Majidi, who just completed her junior season at Union High School, put some more water under the bridge this spring.
In 2011, she shot a 73 in her final regular season audition and missed - by one stroke - being part of the varsity five for a state championship team. Yes, the Redskins were apparently so good that a player can shoot a 73 in a qualifier and still miss the cut.
"Being so close was devastating," Majidi said. "But I bounced back."
How far? All the way to the top.
Majidi won or shared first place in six tournaments and owned the lowest stroke average on the state's best team in 2012. Union repeated as 6A champ and all five varsity members were among the top 12 individuals at the state tournament. Majidi, who placed fifth, is the Tulsa World's All-Metro Player of the Year.
Majidi doesn't like to skip a day of practice because she is serious about her game. She is driven by short-term goals (winning tournaments, helping her team win trophies) and long-term goals (she wants to play for a good college program).
This success story is one that can be shared by First Tee of Tulsa.
Launched in 2001, First Tee of Tulsa has provided golf instruction and life lessons to kids ages 8-18. More than 11,000 students have enrolled in the free program and among them is Majidi, who was enrolled by her parents the first year she was eligible. She suggested they were influenced to put her in a golf program because Tiger Woods was winning tournament after tournament and raised awareness about the sport.
It was through First Tee of Tulsa that Majidi earned big opportunities.
Majidi played alongside Tom Pernice Jr. in conjunction with a Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach. She came away with his email address and respect for his ability to read greens.
Majidi played with Anna Nordqvist and Azahara Munoz at an LPGA event in Arkansas and said the pros were "really nice and helped me out a lot."
Majidi is paying it forward. She is in her third year as a First Tee of Tulsa mentor.
"I love working with kids," she said. "I love giving them what I had when I was their age, which was just older mentors who are a lot of fun to hang around with. ... it's fun to actually be one of them and go out and help the kids and be one of the big guys on the course."
Season highlight: Majidi helped Union to a repeat state championship. She didn't get to play on Union's title team in 2011 because she barely missed qualifying for the starting five. She left nothing to chance this year and was the Redskins' No. 1 player, never finishing below fifth in any tournament.
Coach Lindsay Jones says: "I have been so impressed by her determination and will to improve after last season. She used last season as a tremendous motivator and it is definitely paying off for her. Her attitude on the course and her team leadership have far exceeded my expectations for her this season. With the elevation of her game, it has pushed the rest of the team to keep improving that much more. I could not be more proud of a student-athlete than I am of Nadia this season. If she continues to work this summer as hard as she did last year, the sky is the limit for her regarding golf."
About Majidi: She learned that she had a knack for golf after being enrolled in the First Tee of Tulsa program when she was 8.
Favorite golfer: Majidi said she likes Matt Kuchar because of his attitude. "I try to model my attitude after his, honestly. For any golfer, it's always hard to control yourself while playing and not show emotion, but I feel like Matt Kuchar really does a good job of that and I love watching him play. He always has a smile on his face and he seems like a very fun guy. I would love to meet him."
Best high school memory: Majidi said her best memories all involve being with her teammates. "I love my team," she said. "We are like a family. It's just so much fun being with the girls. Our coach once (joked that) we like the bus ride as much as we actually like the tournament."
Fun fact: Golf and school consume much of Majidi's daily routine. She chooses to spend her spare time being with friends and going to movies.
All-Metro girls golf roster
BY Staff Reports
Friday, June 15, 2012
6/15/2012 6:17:38 AM
|Katie-Lee Wilson||2A||Jr.||Rejoice Christian|
|Mikayla Rosser||6A||Sr.||Broken Arrow|
|Brinlee Denison||6A||Fr.||Broken Arrow|
Bixby: Shelby Humbyrd
Booker T. Washington: Madison Burns
Broken Arrow: Kailey Collier, Brooke Fern, Bailey Price
Cascia Hall: Claire Trump, Sara Vaughan
Claremore: Allysa Brown
Claremore Christian: Addison Losornio
Collinsville: Kyrston Wheeler
Edison: Shahida Robinson
Fort Gibson: Mycah Higley
Henryetta: Joley Vance, Kaylee Crawford
Holland Hall: Marcella Pierre
Jenks: Anna Kroll, Olivia Bersin, Ariel Wixson
Kelley: Megan Ramos, Madi Garcia, Ashlyn McCorkle
Liberty: Jo-Lynne Fairchild
Morris: Megan Deturk
Muskogee: Adrianna Wilson
Oologah: Megan McDaniels, Kera Dobbins
Owasso: Lexi Armon
Pryor: Braily Glenn
Rejoice Christian: Emilee Bias
Riverfield Country Day: Kate Goodwin
Sapulpa: Kaylee Hacker
Stillwater: Gabbie Shelton
Tahlequah: Emily Pippin
Victory Christian: Bailey Bergman
Nomination forms were sent to schools designated by the Tulsa World as being in the metro area. Coaches were asked to nominate players on their team and other teams. Additional honorees were chosen from tournament results. Players in grades 9-12 were eligible. Tulsa World Sports Writer Jimmie Tramel made the final decisions.
2012: Nadia Majidi, Union
2011: Alex Koch, Jenks
2010: Lauren Michael, Jenks; Tressa Brumley, Chouteau
2009: Ashton Collier, Union
2008: Crystal Reeves, Broken Arrow
2007: Amber Hensley, Jenks
2006: Kelly Fuchik, Bishop Kelley
2005: Alex Schulte, Bishop Kelley
2012: Lindsay Jones, Union
2011: Lindsay Jones, Union
2010: Lloyd Ware, McLain
2009: Danielle Frost, Jenks
2008: Jim Burdette, Broken Arrow
2007: Jim Burdette, Broken Arrow
2006: Susan Furr, Bishop Kelley
2005: Lloyd Ware, McLain
June 14: Boys golf
June 15: Girls golf
June 16: Baseball
June 17: Boys tennis
June 18: Girls tennis
June 19: Boys soccer
June 20: Girls soccer
June 21: Boys track
June 22: Girls track
All-Metro girls golf first team
BY Staff Reports
Friday, June 15, 2012
6/15/2012 6:14:35 AM
So. • Union
Has won or shared runner-up honors at the Class 6A state tournament each of the past two years. And, in doing so, she helped Union to its first two girls golf state championships.
So. • Union
Tied for seventh in her state tournament debut as a freshman last year. She followed that by sharing runner-up honors in the 2012 state tournament.
Sr. • Muskogee
Was the only golfer in Class 6A to post a below-par round in the 36-hole state tournament. She finished fourth and will play at Grand Canyon University.
Jr. • Rejoice Christian
After previously being a multi-year champ in the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association, Wilson made her OSSAA debut by winning medalist honors at the 2A state tournament.
Guided Union to its first state championships in girls golf the past two seasons. Every Redskin golfer finished among the top 12 individuals at the 2012 state tournament.