Kayti Rose, a 17-year-old senior at Roxana High School, recently signed to play golf at NAIA Division II school McKendree University in Lebanon.
Kayti Rose didn’t pick up a golf club until her freshmen year of high school.
But now, she’s a 17-year-old senior at Roxana High School about to graduate, and her decision to begin playing golf after junior high has paved the way for her to get a scholarship and go to college.
“I’d always known I would need a scholarship after high school,” Rose said. “And what started out as something I just did for fun with my friends helped me to do that.”
Rose recently signed to play golf at NAIA Division II school McKendree University in Lebanon. She will begin playing golf for the Bearcats next season under first-year coach Zach Peters.
“At first I looked at Lindenwood University, but ever since my first visit to McKendree I knew that was where I wanted to go,” she said.
Rose said she’s a little nervous about the transition into college life, but jitters are something she has learned to fight through in her time as a golfer.
She’s found hard work and dedication can take an athlete a long way in four years, although Kayti’s success began her first year on the team.
As a freshman, Kayti got to sectionals with her team, and then she qualified the next three years for sectionals as an individual.
The Shells were the No. 1 golf team in the South Central Conference for Kayti’s entire high school career. That’s four conference championships under head coach Chrissy Little.
Though the Shells golf team doesn’t have the numbers other conference schools do, with no more than 10 people on the team her entire high school career, Kayti has left behind a solid foundation for next year’s seniors, Miranda Cunningham and Lindsay Chapman, to build upon.
She will be working with her swing coach and honing her talents with her dad this summer in preparation for the year to come.
While in college at McKendree, Rose plans to major in sports management, with aspirations of eventually obtaining an internship with a minor or major league team.
“I’d like to continue being involved with sports for as long as I can,” she said. “It’s opened up a lot of doors for me in the past and believe it will continue to do so if I work hard at it.”
Though her career choice lead her down a different path to the pros, Rose has proven before that a lot can happen in four years.