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Knight has ‘routine’

Allie Knight, reigning Region 2-AAA golf champion who led Bearden to the region title and a state berth last season, is a creature of routine.

Unlike many high school golfers, “When you watch her play golf she goes through a routine,” BHS head coach John Heins said of Knight (pictured), Lady Bulldogs No. 1 ranked No. 3 statewide among Class of 2011 girls golfers.

“You can tell she’s just played a lot more golf than everybody else,” Heins added. “Allie’s dedicated to golf, she’s got goals. She doesn’t just want to play high school golf.”

With an average drive of 250 yards, Knight said she’s “more consistent” than last year. “Putting, short game, has improved a lot.”

Her top American Junior Golf Association finish this summer was fourth among a 30-golfer national field in Ashland, Ky.

Along with No. 2, junior Kelli Pemberton, “Kelli and Allie both played a lot of tournament junior golf this year,” Heins said. “They work on it.”

Heins said Pemberton’s biggest asset is “competitive spirit, she’s competitive in basketball and competitive in swimming.”

Now, “She’s put all of her eggs in one basket with golf,” he added.

Pemberton, who finished third at Williams Creek Par 3 Shootout earlier this month, “just got dedicated to golf about a year-and-a-half ago,” Heins said. “She’s improved so much.”

In Bearden golf circles, Pemberton will be remembered for a critical shot that, while saving par, secured the region title and state tournament trip last fall.

“She made a great shot for us with a 5-wood last year at the region to make par on the last hole to put us into the state,” Heins said.

Ashley Bergner, a freshman, “Likes golf, she seems to be serious about it,” Heins said. “She’s lucky she’s got Allie and Kelli to watch.”


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