It has been a successful two weeks for Bellevue East's Miranda Keeler as she has won two straight high school golf invitationals.
On Sept. 16, she finished first at the Omaha Duchesne Invite at Stone Creek. She won by three strokes and finished with a 76.
Monday, she dominated at the T-Bird Invitational held at Willow Lakes by shooting a 79, finishing nine strokes ahead of second place. As a senior, Keeler says she is feeling very confident about her game.
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Q: Which invitational do you feel you played a better round?
A: At both of the events, I had one nine that was great and the other I kind of got off track a little and lost my momentum. I definitely played better at Willow Lakes.
Q: Which course did you think was more difficult?
A: Definitely Willow Lakes because it's a little longer and there are some tight shots with the trees compared to Stone Creek.
Q: What did you feel was going right for you on the course at Willow Lakes?
A: It definitely wasn't my driver. My iron shots today helped me. They felt clean and pure. It was like target practice on the green. I was getting them really close which saved me a couple of strokes on putting.
Q: What's your mindset when going into an invitational?
A: Being a senior this year, I think back to when I was an underclassmen and the competition I faced then. I want to be the role model for the younger players, but I still go out there and play my own game. I don't worry about what other people say or think of the decisions I make. At the end of the day, the decisions I make on the course are decisions that I have to make.
Q: What areas of your game do you feel you have to improve on?
A: There's always room for improvement. Right now, I would say my short game. That's what every player says, but I've found it's very easy to waste strokes on the green. I just want to make those shots count.
Q: What do you think is your biggest strength on the course?
A: My driving off the tee. I love standing up on the tee box with my driver knowing I can crush the ball out there. Most of the time it sets me up for a good second shot and gets me going on a positive note.
Q: Are you interested in playing golf in college?
A: I am. I'm looking at a few smaller schools. I'm really interested in competing at the collegiate level and going up against different competition, and also being able to travel.