By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Aly Seng has been taking a break from tournament golf this summer after being the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Conference women’s player of the year her junior season at the University of Central Oklahoma.
But that doesn’t mean she’s staying away from the game.
Instead, she’s concentrating on learning some of golf’s business side, working for head pro Tim Mendenhall at the Oakwood Country Club pro shop.
“It’s a little different than just being out there playing,’’ Seng said as she manned the cash register. “I’m seeing a different side, which I enjoy. I understand a lot more what Tim and Logan (assistant pro Vest) do than I originally thought.’’
Seng’s plans are not to try the pro circuit a la fellow former Enid standout Stacy Prammanasudh. But she wants to be in sports, one reason she took the job.
“Being a teaching pro is definitely an option for me,’’ she said. “When the time comes, I’ll see where I’m at.’’
She has been involved with the clothes and merchandise, one of the sides of the job she hadn’t been familiar with.
“That was my plan,’’ Seng said. “I talked with Tim about it and he thinks a female has a good opportunity in the golf business these days.’’
Seng hasn’t given lessons so not to put her college eligibility in jeopardy.
Seng felt she needed a break from competition after a long fall and spring season at UCO.
Seng had five top-10 finishes last spring — including individual championships at the Green and Gold Shootout in St. Joseph, Mo., and the MIAA Championships in Smithville, Mo. She was second in the NCAA Division II Super Regional in St. Joseph.
“It’s (college) non-stop tournament golf,’’ Seng said. “It’s nice to have a break in the summer. It’s been a nice little break. Tournament golf is a lot different from playing with your buddies. It’s going to take me awhile to get back in the tournament mode.’’
Seng redshirted in 2012 after transferring to UCO from Arkansas State. Her first season with the Bronchos was bittersweet — the good was UCO winning both the conference and regional championships; the bad was a disappointing 10th-place team finish at nationals.
Seng tied for 56th individually with rounds of 83,79, 85 and 82 for a 72-hole score of 329.
“I had a sour finish,’’ she said. “I’m looking forward to getting that out of my mindset. It’s going to be good to get started again.
“I felt I did OK overall. The regular season was really good. We just didn’t play like we wanted to in nationals. At least we have some positives to take from it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the fall.’’
Her goals are to make All-American and for the Bronchos to win the Division II national championship.
“We’re going to have a really good team,’’ she said. “We definitely look forward to doing better at nationals.’’
Kingfisher redshirt freshman Bethany Darrough should give the team a shot in the arm, Seng said.
At UCO, she gets to practice at two highly-respected courses, Quail Creek and Kickingbird. The Broncos make trips to Minnesota and North Carolina this upcoming season.
She was equally known for her basketball stardom at EHS and one summer helped coach a Pacers’ entry in the Mid-America Youth Basketball Association.
“I haven’t touched a basketball in awhile,’’ Seng said. “That’s something that I do miss a little bit.’’
Coaching, she said, is an option.
“I could possibly do that,’’ Seng said, “if I don’t do the golf route. I just want to do something that is related to sports. It’s in my blood. I got to be doing something.’’
Campbell is a News & Eagle sports writer.N