Rocklin junior on course with her golfing career
With drives that travel far and a drive of determination, Rocklin High junior Camille Wagg has a great golf game on the course and her golfing career on course.
“I go into every tournament knowing I'm going to do my best and whatever is meant to be will be,” said Wagg, who recently won her first NCGA Junior Tour of Northern California tournament in the girls championship flight.
Playing on the Stevinson Ranch course in Stevinson Oct. 27-28, Wagg shot 77-73 for the victory. Her play included three birdies in her final round on Sunday.
Wagg used the momentum of her 12th-place finish in the American Junior Golf Association tournament in Oregon last summer. She shot in the 70s all three days finishing with a par 72. Wagg has also won in The First Tee tournaments and has been competing the past four years.
The fall of 2012 was huge for Wagg leading the Rocklin Thunder to a Sierra Foothill League championship. Rocklin not only dethroned perennial champion Granite Bay, but Wagg also took top individual honors over the Grizzly’s Paige Lee. That earned her the league MVP.
“She is a wonderful player and has a great game and I’ve always tried to emulate her,” Wagg said of Lee. “So, for me to beat her was truly an honor,” said Wagg.
Wagg said her father was the one who influenced her to play golf. After watching a televised match she decided to give the sport a try.
Wagg said learning to forget about bad shots was extremely hard but she is now figuring out how to manage her mistakes and bounce back during a round. She said people really underestimate how much work goes into achieving solid scores.
Wagg, who trains at Whitney Oaks Golf Club, tries to practice every day. If she can’t make it to the course, she practices her swing and short game at home.
“When I’m out playing, it’s just me and the course,” she said. Wagg said she appreciates the solitude of the sport and the opportunity it brings in maintaining her mental concentration.
Wagg now plays virtually scratch golf averaging 37 for nine holes and 71 for 18. She said she gets her inspiration from LPGA player Stacy Lewis. Lewis was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11 and had a spinal fusion while in high school.
Wagg’s ultimate goal is to play in college. Her favorite courses are Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill and Mira Vista Country Club in El Cerrito.
“Hard work has its rewards,” she said with a smile.
Wagg carries a 3.9 grade-point-average and is an honor student at Rocklin High. She likes reading and psychology intrigues her. When not involved in training or her studies, she likes to spend time with family, her dog and two cats.