Kuykendall rolls a strike in college choice
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Clinton High School's Haleigh Kuykendall signs for women's bowling at Martin Methodist College, Tennessee.
Taking a 3.9 GPA to college, Kuykendall bowls all year, starting in August and participating in Nationals during the summer. Her college coaches have her on a 6-miles a week running schedule to develop lower body strength, and Haleigh said she has worked mainly on the mental aspects of the sport as she aimed to make a college team. Florida State expressed interest, but she said that's too big of a college for her liking.
Kuykendall participated in gymnastics and dance, before committing full-time to bowling - there are no sanctioned high school or college bowling teams in South Carolina. "Bowling can be an individual sport, but I like the team atmosphere," she said, "having a group of girls behind me cheering me on."
Bowling is in contention to become an Olympic sport, so there is the chance Haleigh could join the US competition for spots on the Olympic team. Her best tournament score was a 210, her best score ever was a 279 - bowling at a 180-190 league average. She bowls at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg.
Haleigh is a member of the SC All-Star Team and has competed in SC, Myrtle Beach; Georgia, Warner Robbins; and NC, Shallote, Tournaments.
She signed a National Letter of Intent today (Feb. 7) before an audience of students and faculty in the CHS auditorium.