Schuster conquers at Hope Valley Invitational

By on August 17, 2019

Another week, another win.

Kill Devil Hills resident and First Flight High School rising junior Katherine Schuster came home with another trophy this week after she won the Hope Valley Junior Invitational golf title in Durham by a whopping eight strokes over her closest female competitor.

Schuster fired rounds of 71, 68 and 71 for a three-round total of 210. Second-place finisher Julia McLaughlin, of Princeton N.J., was next with a combined score of 218. The tournament was played from Aug. 13-15. To compete in the event, golfers had to be 18 or younger and could not have started college.

To say Schuster is on a hot streak is something of an understatement.

Last month, she took the title at Girls’ North & South Junior Championship in Pinehurst, N.C., shooting a one-over-par 217 for the three-day event and beating Honolulu’s Karissa Kilby by two strokes.

In June, she captured the North Carolina Junior Girls’ Golf Championship held at the Wilson Country Club by defeating Maria Atwood of Holly Springs N.C. in the tournament finals.

Schuster’s resume also includes winning the prestigious 2018 National Drive, Chip and Putt Competition at the storied Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia and capturing two high school state individual championships in 2017 and 2018. Earlier this year, she was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete at First Flight High.

In achieving her remarkable success on the fairways and greens, Schuster has had to overcome physical challenges. She has endured several surgeries to correct problems that have resulted from a genetic disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. Those surgeries included removing non-cancerous bony tumors from both legs and correcting a difference in the length of her two legs.

Last year, after winning at Augusta, Schuster was honored by the Dare County Board of Commissioners for overcoming adversity and bringing “honor to her family, her school and to everyone in Dare County.”

In an interview conducted several years ago, Schuster said she took up golf in earnest at about the age of 10 after watching a televised Drive, Chip and Putt tournament from Augusta. And she had a ready mentor in her father Dave.

“I want to try that…for real,” she remembered thinking. “Then when I hit the ball square for the very first time, something just clicked and a light switch turned on. It started to turn better and better and better.’”

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  • Ellie O’Brien

    Congratulations Katherine! We follow your amazing accomplishments.

    Saturday, Aug 17 @ 10:36 am
  • Rikki

    Thank you Mrs O’Brien, you’ve always supported her from day one!

    Wednesday, Aug 21 @ 10:38 pm
  • Stevejo


    Saturday, Aug 17 @ 12:19 pm