Athlete of the Week
Klemme finds a home on the green
June 08, 2011 - Paul Klemme is looking forward to sunny days this week as he heads to the MHSAA Division 4 Boys Golf Regionals at Westwynd Golf Course.
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The Clarkston resident's team, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, took first place at the district tournament last week and Klemme had the third best score with a par of 78.
But the sophomore's best score so far this season was during the Oakland County Tournament where he shot a 76, tying for 14th place with ten other golfers.
"I did really well," he said. "The tournaments were pretty much three in roll and I was having a good stretch. I was feeling good about my swing."
Oakland Christian finished first with a score of 296, three ahead of North Farmington.
"They all had a good day, but they are all talented," added parents, Mary and Paul.
For his other two tournaments he shot a 79 at a showcase in Gaylord and 78 at a Michigan Independent Athletic Conference tournament.
His team finished in first in Division 4 in the regular season despite the wet season and Paul's scores have been consistent.
"Sometimes the rain made it easier," he admitted. "The greens become more moist and everything sticks better so you can aim and shoot. Sometimes it doesn't help because it can get too wet."
Paul joined the varsity team at Oakland Christian during his freshman year.
"Last year I really got into it and took some lessons," he added. "It was my first year to play and get competitive. I played once in a great while before that it was a fun thing to do. I really like it, it's my favorite sport and favorite thing to do."
He added playing travel hockey and soccer helped to build him up to golf and helped him with being athletic and with competition.
"He has always been good at athletics," added Mary.
As Paul heads into playoffs he is planning to stay focused.
"I know no matter how good your team is or how bad the opposing team is, you always play like they are good," he said. "If you go in thinking it will be a easy win – you will lose."
Besides playing golf in his spare time, Paul also enjoys playing guitar, singing and writing songs.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.