Introducing Wayne State College Women’s Golfer Sapphire Sayre – The Wine Stater

The Wayne State College Women’s Golf Team has a new member this year. Meet Sapphire Sayre, a student from Des Moines, Iowa. She attended West Des Moines Valley High School, where she played golf for all four years. Sayre has helped Valley High win three consecutive Iowa State team titles over the past three seasons. She tied for eighth place apart in the state championships last year.

Sayer had an outstanding high school career. Along with three state team titles, she was a first state first team and a conference first team all four years in high school. During her graduation season, she was an honorable mention for the Des Moines Register All-Iowa Girl’s Golf Team and earned honors at the All-Central Metropolitan League Central Conference. She was also named MVP in 2021 for the Iowa Pro Golfers Association.

Sayer fell in love with golf at just ten years old. She had finished all her junior golf camps and decided to continue the sport. When she was 13, she played her first 18-hole course, and continued to strive to be better. She says she learned a lot from her father, James Sayre, who played college golf at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The newly named WSC coach Nick Swane has earned extraordinary acclaim for Sayer and what she brings to the team. Swaney said, “I’ve seen Saffire have been so successful in high school, she’s done a good job helping our team culture so far…I think she’d really fit in with this group.”

Sayer’s teammate, Victoria Bortkiewicz-Hamlin, said, “Saffire is a fantastic new addition to this team. She has a lot of potential to push a team higher status.” She’s ready to go to work and is a great teammate to be on a team.”

Besides playing golf, Sayer loves to watch the pros play. Her favorite golfer is Jordan Spieth, and her favorite golfer is Michelle Wie, although Wii no longer plays. According to Sayre, the greatest golfer of all time, Annika Sörenstam is a historic golfer on the LPGA Tour who has played for 23 years.

Her favorite track she has played is an “authentic course” in Rhodes, Iowa called The Harvester. Sayer says, “There’s no opening in the waterway or green area and everything is fine.” She also got to play Pinehurst No. 2, a historic golf course in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Which held professional tournaments for men and women. The course she loves to play is Augusta National in August, Georgia. , the home of The Masters, but she admits it’s a little out of the way. Sayer would like to go play Pebble Beach Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, which is the co-location of the US Open.

Besides playing golf, Sayre loves to play board games, especially Monopoly. Sayer claimed, “I can sit there for hours and play, but people always say they have no patience. I am impatient with golf.” She even once played a game for eight hours.

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