After playing soccer for nine years, Kasey Petty assumed she would compete for the Groveport Madison High School girls team as a freshman in fall 2008.

After playing soccer for nine years, Kasey Petty assumed she would compete for the Groveport Madison High School girls team as a freshman in fall 2008.

Then she attended a preseason meeting.

"The coaches were all talking about how much running we were expected to do to get ready for the season," Petty said with a laugh. "So I came home and I was like, 'So dad, do you want to teach me how to play golf?' "

Petty, who will play for the University of Findlay beginning this fall, admits there were a couple of flaws with her plan. Groveport didn't have a girls golf team and she had played the sport only once before, with her father, Charlie Petty.

"I wasn't very good at all," she said. "I think I shot something like a 130 in my first tournament. Once I decided I was going to play in high school (with the boys team), I went to a swing coach and worked really hard at my game."

Petty was the first girls golfer to play for the Cruisers since 2001 graduate Jennifer Selfinger. Selfinger won the Franklin County Women's Golf Tournament from 2003-06, placed third in the 2000 state tournament and played for Ohio State.

Last fall in a Division I sectional, Petty earned medalist honors by shooting an 82 on her home course, the Links at Groveport. She then shot an 85 in the district tournament at Bent Tree, but failed to advance to state.

During the Franklin County Women's Golf Tournament that concluded July 13, the 2012 Groveport graduate placed second in the match-play event held at Little Turtle. She lost the final 6 and 4 to Jamie Linnenbom, who played for the University of Florida in 1999 and for Ohio State from 2000-02.

Linnenbom was impressed with Petty's performance.

"She's a good player and has great length off the tee," Linnenbom said. "Next year she will be playing in college and I think that will be such a great experience for her."

"I like match-play tournaments, but there's definitely more pressure here," said Petty, who was playing in her second career match-play event. "They say golf is about playing the course, but in this format, it's like you're playing against the player. These older, more experienced players have been through it all and they know how to handle certain situations. I was just so nervous that I didn't know what to do with myself."

Petty said competing in the high school postseason often was an isolating experience, so she is eager to begin her collegiate career.

"It was different," she said. "(While) the other girls would be celebrating with their teammates, I'd just pack up myself and go home.

"That's one of the reasons I'm definitely looking forward to playing golf at Findlay. I've never really been on a golf team before. That will be something new and exciting."