by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson sophomore Jenn David doesn't remember how she did during postseason play last year.
Actually, she probably does.
But she would prefer not to.
"Let's just say I've improved greatly since then," David said.
She sure has.
David became just the third Lady Explorer since the start of the new millennium to reach the Division I state meet as an individual.
David, who joins Hillery Wilson and Natalie Goodson in that elusive group, finished in a four-way tie for seventh with a career-best 18-hole score of 75 during district play Oct. 11 at The Legends of Massillon.
Kent Roosevelt's Kory Nielsen claimed the district championship with a 68.
David is set to play at the state tournament Oct. 21 and 22 at The Ohio State University's Gray Course in Columbus.
By the way, David shot a 103 during sectional play last year. It's safe to say she is a much different player nowadays.
"First of all, I put in a lot of hard work for this," David said. "All my teammates, my parents and friends helped me do this. I just put it all together and had fun doing it."
Hudson first-year head coach Jackie Weisenberger knew her star pupil was on her way to big things.
Her steely nerves certainly had something to do wit it.
"She stayed unbelievably calm with all the pressure that she was experiencing," Weisenberger said. "It just shows that hard work can pay off."
While David might have been oblivious to the pressure, every stroke counted.
If she would have added one more stroke to her round, David would not be heading to Columbus.
"Jenn is amazing," Weisenberger said. "She is one of those people who can set her mind to do something and then do it. She is very mature."
David had to face some adversity late in her round. Let's just say her ball had trouble staying dry on one of the holes.
"I hit it in the water on 15," David said. "That kind of got to me. I knew I couldn't bogey any more holes."
David finished with a par on 16, a birdie on 17 and a par on 18.
"Jenn is one of those people who can brush things off very easily," Weisenberger said.
When her round was completed, David felt good about her chances.
And then she heard the magic words.
"When I found out that I made it, I was very excited," David said. "I hugged my teammate, sophomore Meaghan Grant, and my coach.
"No one knows me better than Meaghan. She knew I was very nervous going into the last couple of holes. She looked at me and told me, 'You got this.' I thanked her for calming me down."
Former Hudson head girls golf coach Doug Snelling also celebrated with David, along with David's swing coach, Ross Keen.
"Coach Jackie, coach Snelling and coach Ross helped me with my short game," David said. "After last season, I really pushed it into high gear. I worked on my strength and fitness."
David plans to enjoy her experience at the state meet. Just don't expect her to simply be a participant who is happy to be there.
"She definitely has a chance to place," Weisenberger said.