Keith Barnes profiles Peters Township golfer Mia Kness.
(Photo: Peters Township's Mia Kness finished tied for sixth at the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships Tuesday at Rolling Hills Country Club in McMurray. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)
"Peters Township junior Mia Kness knew that playing on her home course at Rolling Hills Country Club would provide special challenges despite her familiarity with the layout
"I think it's harder because people expect you to play really well," Kness said. "But with this being such a challenging course, sometimes it just doesn't turn out that way."
It certainly didn't for Kness, who opened the WPIAL Class AAA individual finals with a 7-over 32 on the first six holes, including a triple-bogey on No. 3, a 143-yard par 3 rated as one of the easiest on the course. It was a start that knocked her from WPIAL championship contention and put her chances of finishing in the top seven and qualifying for the PIAA Western Regional at Tom's Run on Oct. 19 in serious jeopardy.
"I don't know what happened because I wasn't really playing my best," Kness said. "I guess I just wasn't focused enough, but I just kind of said to myself, 'That's enough,' and I played better on the back nine.""