Local Teen Wins State 14 and Under Match Play Championship

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Woodside Golf Course, East Lansing, MI — July 23, 2019

It is often the hope of a mother or father that their children follow in their footsteps. Especially when the parents have achieved certain levels of success in their lives and careers. While offspring don’t always model such success, good genes can lend to above average skills at life’s endeavors. Such is the case with Kate Brody of Grand Blanc.

Mom and Dad

Kate Brody has some of those good genes. Her mom is Jenn Brody, former LPGA player and current LPGA Golf Professional at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. Her dad, Doug Brody, is the PGA Golf Professional of Warwick Hills.

Doug and Jenn Brody in their Golf Shop at Warwick Hills / Photo Courtesy of Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club

Since 2005, the couple owns and operates Brody’s Golf Shop at the country club. Kate grew up on a golf course.

Establishing Her Own Credentials

Just 14 years old, Kate is already on her way to establishing herself as a golfer with a bright future. Tuesday in the Golf Association of Michigan’s(GAM) 14-and-under Match Play Championships, Kate took home the winner’s trophy with a 3 and 2 victory over McKenna Kehoe of Strathroy. It was the second year in a row Kate made it to the girl’s final round match, finishing as the runner-up in 2018.

Kate Brody and Ieuan Jones of Ann Arbor Display Their Winner’s Trophy from the GAM 14-and-under Match Play Championships presented by Pepsi . / Photo Courtesy of https://www.gam.org/

Greg Johnson, reporting for GAM, interviewed Kate after her match.

“I really wanted to get a win since it is my last year in this tournament,” Kate said. “It’s been a really fun tournament. I really like match play. There is a lot of great competition here so it means a lot to win.”

Kate Brody / Photo Courtesy of https://www.gam.org/

“I started to get excited,” she said. “I lost to (Mckenna) in the semifinals of the (Michigan Junior) Girls State Amateur earlier this summer so I knew it was going to take my best golf. It feels good to get the win.”

McKenna Kehoe / Photo Courtesy of https://www.gam.org/

Earlier this year, Brody, came out on top in the GAM Junior Kickoff Tournament.

“I feel like I have gotten so much better than last year,” she said. “I’ve been practicing a lot and working on my swing. All of my hard work is paying off.”

About the Golf Association of Michigan

The Golf Association of Michigan, founded in 1919, is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. As a not-for-profit organization, our purpose is to represent, promote, preserve, and serve the best interests of the game. The GAM provides membership to more than 55,000 golfers and more than 400 golf courses; conducts 19 amateur championships; and oversees 14 USGA qualifying events. The GAM also hosts several one-day golf events called GAM Golf Days that allow GAM members to play in a less-competitive setting than a traditional tournament.