Participated in the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship at The Home Course in Dupont, Washington; shot a 156 (76-80) during 36 holes of stroke play . . . Finished runner-up (76-72--148) at Noble Hawk in Kendallville, Indiana, in the fourth tournament of the Midwest Collegiate Amateur Series.
Four-time all-state honoree ... Four-time state qualifier at the Indiana High School Championships, including runner-up finishes as a senior in 2012 and as a sophomore in 2010 ... Shot a 5-under 139 (70-69) at the 2012 state championships, just two strokes behind state champion Kelly Grassel ... Placed fifth as a freshman in 2009 and 11th as a junior in 2011 ... Finished her senior year with a 69.6 scoring average ... Academic All-State selection as a senior ... Four-time NHC All-Conference pick and three-time conference tournament medalist ... Two-time (2011, 2012) Hoosier Junior Champion . . . Qualified for the 2010 PGA Jr. National Championship ... Named the 2009 Indiana Junior Golf Player of the Year.
GETTING TO KNOW KATIE SHARP
My favorite meal would have to be macaroni and cheese or my mom's homemade spaghetti. I love any type of pasta!
What superhero power would you have if you could choose one?
I would have the ability to fly. I love flying in airplanes and being so high off of the ground. I would be able to travel the world without any flying expenses and I would be able to play any golf course in the world.
When did you first start playing golf?
My parents used to take my brother and I on the golf course when we were small. All I was interested in at first was playing in the sand and rolling down the hills while my parents played. Gradually, I began to play the game and that's when I fell in love with it. I was about 6 years old when I played in my first junior tournament, and I have loved it ever since.
What course did you learn to play on?
I grew up on Noble Hawk Golf Links right outside the town of Kendallville.
My favorite course would have to be Pinehurst No. 2. I had the opportunity to play on it when I was 12 and it was the coolest course I have ever been to.
Favorite golf memory?
My favorite memory happened this past summer. I received an invitation to compete in the Women's Amateur Public Links in the first week of July and it was totally unexpected. I had been second alternate and I didn't think that there was any chance for me to get in. But I got the call and I accepted! The WAPL was the first USGA event I have played in and it was really neat to be a part of the last one. I got to see a different side of the United States, a side that had mountains and giant pine trees, and I got to see Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound. The golfing part of the tournament was really cool too. The whole experience was a memory that I will never forget.
How do you mark your golf ball and why?
I mark my golf ball with three blue dots above the right side of the Titleist logo. Originally, my dad showed me how to mark it that way when I was small, so I never really thought much of it. However, this past May I went to this really awesome camp called the Ultimate Training Camp and now I associate the three dots on my ball with the Holy Trinity. It helps me to remember that I am playing for God and that He is the only audience that matters.
Best thing about playing golf at MSU is...
The best thing about playing golf at MSU is being around quality teammates and coaches. I love the team chemistry and I'm really excited to begin another year here at Michigan State!
My favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. I love all three of The Lord of the Rings movies, but the second one is my favorite. I love the different story lines, the battle sequences, and the obvious fight between good and evil throughout the movie.
Favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is NCIS. I have the first eight seasons of DVD and I never get tired of watching re-runs. My dad and I also discovered a show called Castle this summer, and I really like that show too!
My favorite golfer is Phil Mickelson. He is such a class act and a real family guy. I like watching him and I always want him to win the Masters each year.
Favorite club and why?
My favorite club is my putter. Putting has always been my favorite part of the game, so understandably, my putter is my favorite club.
Favorite thing to do besides golf?
I really like to read and hang out with my friends. As cliche as it sounds, there is nothing better than getting together with some close friends and just talk. It's one of my favorite things to do.
What's on your iPod right now?
I listen to music when I practice and I almost always use Pandora. I love listening to Disney music and artists like Fun, Maroon 5, and Kelly Clarkson.
Favorite article of clothing?
I really like shoes. If I'm in a mall with my friends, they could probably find me in the shoe section. The funny thing is, I have a really hard time with heels, considering I am 6'1" and already so high off of the ground, but those are my favorite kind of shoes to try and to look at.
I first beat my Mom or Dad in golf at the age of...
I don't really remember the specific instance, but I know that I was pretty young, probably around 10 or 11 years old.
What's your major and why?
I'm still undecided, but I am thinking Accounting. I am really organized and detail-oriented and I am pretty good with math. There is always a job market for accountants, so I shouldn't have that hard of a time getting a job. I think it is a pretty good fit for me.
In 10 years, I will be...
I will hopefully be on the LPGA tour and doing what I love. If not, I hope to be either working at a really nice job, or I will be married and be a stay-at-home mom to my kids.
My dream vacation would be to Hawaii or some other tropical island. I love the beach and I think that it would be really cool to either play golf or just relax on an island getaway.
If I could play any course in the world, it would be...
I would play St. Andrews. There is so much history on that golf course and I would love to visit the home of golf.