by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

A Winning Year

Kathy Henderson is still in her freshman year at San Marcos High School (SMHS), but she’s already proving herself as a force to be reckoned with in both golf and tennis. She plays for the Knights on both teams. “I started in golf and tennis when I was really small,” she shared. “I used to just hold the tennis racket or golf club when I was a baby. Then when I could walk better, that’s when I started to get in training.” Kathy played in her first golf tournament at the age of four, then competed in her first tennis tournament at the age of six. She has ranked as high as number three in the world for golf and in the top 10 for tennis.

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Now on her high school teams, she enjoys the rewards and challenges of representing the Knights. “I enjoy having the opportunity to play with different schools and get to see what their strengths and weaknesses were,” Kathy said. “I know what to face next year.” She finds inspiration in her teammates, and wants to have a winning school year filled with unforgettable moments. After high school, she has hopes of earning a scholarship in either golf or tennis. Beyond that, she’s considering stepping into the realm of professional sports.

“I started in golf and tennis when I was really small,” she shared. “I used to just hold the tennis racket or golf club when I was a baby.”

It’s not all about athletics, though. Kathy’s favorite classes are math and P.E. “In math, I have a very nice teacher, and I get the best help in that class,” she explained. “And in P.E., we run around in the fresh air and have so much fun out there. Plus we have challenges, which I really like because I love to challenge myself.”

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A San Marcos native who’s lived here her entire life, she loves her Lake San Marcos neighborhood. It’s close enough to her school that she can walk there every day, and it’s also ideally located with the nearby tennis courts and golf course. She’s perfectly situated to keep finding new challenges to overcome.


Name: Kathy Henderson (14)
School: San Marcos High School
Grade: 9
Parent: Coach Henderson
Sibling: Whit Henderson (Grade 3)
Favorite Sports: Ice skating, surfing, boxing, ping pong, golf, tennis