Golf Prodigy Ellie Roth Excited for New Season


Avery Klatsky, Senior Editor

Junior Ellie Roth is one of the leaders on the Lady Wolves varsity golf team, and the golf season always presents her with opportunities to improve.

“Fortunately for golfers, our season is year-round, [and] one of the most important parts of the game is learning to play in all types of conditions, whether that is cold, heat, rain or wind,” Roth said. “Daily practices and workouts are a big part of being ready for any tournament.”

The spring season started in early February, and the girls varsity team is looking to carry last season’s momentum into the new year.

“[Last year] was definitely a great year for myself and Plano West Girls Golf,” Roth said. “[As a team, we] won two out of three events, and I was able to win all three individual titles.”

For Roth, winning as a team makes playing worthwhile, including her play in the District and Regional tournaments last season.

“The girls team had not had a team or individual make it to Regionals in a few years, and I was determined to change that,” Roth said. “I played some of my best golf that week, and it was such an emotional moment for my team and me. It was an incredible feeling to have my coaches and teammates there to support me.”

Roth also individually placed top finished at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship and several other international competitions.

Roth’s high level of skill and talent on the golf course has opened up opportunities for her to play golf at a collegiate level. She has been heavily recruited by the University of Oklahoma, Michigan State, Colorado, the University of Arizona, University of California Los Angeles, Vanderbilt, and other top schools. She announced her commitment to the University of Kansas last December.

“I ultimately decided to [commit] to Kansas because of the amazing atmosphere and team,” Roth said of the Big 12 school. “They’ve got a fantastic program, and I cannot wait to go play up there soon.”

Committing to a Division-1 school to play golf at the collegiate level has always been an aspiration for Roth, and she is grateful to say that she will be given the opportunity following her graduation from Plano West.

“My biggest two [goals] are to play college and professional golf,” Roth said. “It feels great to be committed this early, as I have already got my future planned out for me.”

Although she knows that her goal of playing collegiate golf will be achieved, Roth will not stop there, as her dreams for the future stretch beyond college athletics.

“Ever since I was a little girl, my dream has always been to play professional golf,” Roth said. “I have worked since I was 4-years-old for that dream, and I am just a few years away from having that opportunity after college.”

Before that, however, a new season of golf lies in front of her, and Roth believes that the girls team not only has had an impact on her life, but is a strong contender for the State title.

“Being a part of the team here has definitely helped me to be the golfer that I am today,” Roth said. “We have got an awesome group of girls this year, and all of us are really excited to make a run at a State Championship.”