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Published April 18, 2012, 10:22 PM

Young Detroit Lakes golfer has her sights set on greatness

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - We've had the pleasure to watch a great crop of young golfers take their talents to a bigger stage. Tom Hoge and Amy Anderson come right to mind. There's another youngster in Detroit Lakes, who has the game and similar aspirations.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

We've had the pleasure to watch a great crop of young golfers take their talents to a bigger stage. Tom Hoge and Amy Anderson come right to mind. There's another youngster in Detroit Lakes, who has the game and similar aspirations.

Detroit Lakes golfer Kate Smith has a driver, just not a driver's license.

Cali Harrier – Detroit Lakes Girls Golf Coach: “She looks like one of the older girls out on the course. A lot of people are surprised to hear she's 12 years-old.”

The surprise hit a peak last spring when Smith, a 7th grader at the time, finished fifth place at the state tournament.

Katie Smith – 12 Year-Old Detroit Lakes Golfer: “I was pretty happy with the year, last year. That's why I love golf is that you can always improve. “

It's not the first time an extremely young female who's home schooled has grabbed the attention of the local golf scene. Oxbow's Amy Anderson won the women's all-city in Fargo-Moorhead as a 13 year-old, and has gone on to play for the Bison and participate in the U.S. Women's Open.

Katie Smith: “She's always been a role model to me.”

Both have older brothers that have also starred on the golf course. Amy's brother Nathan won his first college tournament last month, while Kate's brother Karter leads the Laker boys team and just recently hit 2 holes in one in a 4 day span.

Katie Smith: “My brother and I have always looked up to Amy and Nate. We're kind of trying to follow in their footsteps.”

The similarities don't end there. Like Anderson, Smith lives on a golf course and has been playing most of her life.

Katie Smith: “Out at Ironman, my dad's golf course I got the privilege instead of driving 15 minutes to the course and setting up a tee time. I could just play around. My brother and I were really creative with the course.”

Creativity that might someday, have another young girl wanting to follow in her footsteps. Smith says she's hoping to get a chance to play with Amy soon.

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