Local teen to play with the pros at Four Winds Invitational

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The Four Winds Invitational tees-off early Friday morning at Blackhthorn Golf Club.

In addition to the 142 professionals, vying for one of the largest purses on the Symetra Tour, there is also a pair of talented amateurs in the field.

Cailey Rooker said, "Well, to graduate with a good GPA, I have a 3.9 right now and I'd like to hold that throughout my senior year. As far as golf goes, I want to win a state championship in Division 2, and I know I can do it with the summer work and training.I know I can do it. Overall, just work as hard as I can in athletics and academics."

Cailey Rooker's goals aren't unlike other future seniors in high school, but the experiences she's having this week are pretty extraordinary.

"I took my exams so that I could have this week to prepare, and I'm very happy that I did that. I've played a few practice rounds, just learning what the course is like," said Rooker.

This week the now senior at St. Joseph High School in Michigan, is one of two sponsor exemptions playing in the Four Winds Invitational this weekend.

"I know that this is a really great opportunity to learn from and just enjoy it. Don't get too caught up in my head on what's going on but just enjoy it and it's definitely a great learning experience," Rooker added, "I know there's not a lot of high school girls or college girls that have been able to play in a Symetra Tour event."

The Four Winds Invitational kicks off Rooker's summer schedule

"In this event, specifically it's giving me a chance to play at a longer yardage, which we don't always play in in high school and just giving me the competition, the stiff competition. It'll be like that in college so, I'm really excited for this event specifically because of that opportunity. And there will be a lot of other opportunities for me this summer to display what I can do for colleges," said Rooker.

In preparation for her final year of high school golf, she will showcase her talents in the USGA qualifier, the Michigan Jr Girls Amateur, and attending a College Prep Academy through the First Tee.

"I know this competition is much higher than I've ever played in, so I don't want to let that stress me out or make me too nervous, but I just want to have fun and play the best that I can play out there," Rooker added, "For goals, if I make the cut, that'd be awesome, that's one of the biggest goals most of the girls out here have."

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