LITTLETON — They say golf is a very unforgiving game, and Prairie View’s Sirena Maynes may be one of the more recent subscribers to that belief.
Maynes, who has been playing competitive golf for three years, ran into a string of bad luck on the first few holes of the state 5A golf tournament May 19 and 20, and her luck never improved.
She finished the tournament in 83rd place.
“They could be going better,” she said while waiting out a weather delay in the second round May 19. “I’m nervous. The nerves got to me the past few days. It’s my first time going to state. This was a big deal for me, wanting to do well.”
Maynes, who earned first-team, all-Eastern Metro Athletic Conference honors this season, earned her spot in the state meet by shooting an 89 at the regional tournament earlier this month.
After her rough start in the first round, she picked up pars on the third and 13th holes May 19. She ran into more trouble, though, and did not par a hole the rest of her tournament.
“Three days of golf gets to you,” she said. Maynes had a practice round the day before the state meet began. “You get tired. I took a dogleg away on one of the holes. It was a lucky, missed shot. It doglegged right, and it was set up perfectly for me.”
Maynes is a junior. She’d like to continue playing in college. Maynes played the first round with a brace on her right knee because of an injury from a competitive softball game.
“I’m going to learn not to be nervous and to have fun,” she said. “I shouldn’t be thinking as much about the next shot when I should be hitting the shot I’m at right now. Once something goes wrong, it keeps going. It’s a love-hate relationship.”
Despite her troubles, Maynes found something positive.
“I made it to state,” she said. “I got the chance to make it. That’s a big accomplishment. I know how state is and how it goes. There should be no pressure. You already made it. I need to play it like a regular tournament – nothing big.”
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