Men's Golf Recruiting / Pennsylvania / Pittsburgh, PA / Avonworth High School / Kai Carlson

Kai Carlson '24 Recruiting Profile

Avonworth High SchoolPittsburgh, PAMen's Golf
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ClubHurricane
Height5'9"
Weight155lbs
Age18
Primary PositionGolfer
Dominant HandRight
18 Hole Average73.5
Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking2579
Tournament Scoring Average73.5
Scoring Diff1.433
Handicap1.375

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Video of 2021 Highlights 2021 Highlights

Personal Statement

I bring my best, in every area of my life, from who I am as a person, to how I play golf and what I contribute to a team.

Ever since I was a kid, I worked consistently at two sports: taekwondo and golf. After seven years of taekwondo, practicing three times a week, year-round, I achieved my goal of becoming a third-degree black belt. In middle school I chose to put that training aside to focus more time and attention to my golf game. Not surprisingly, the discipline and focus from years of martial arts training allowed me to fine tune my swing to be smooth and efficient and a strength of my game.

I am a golfer who diligently works at continually improving my game. I have been playing for years and each year my average score decreases. In 9th grade, I was the number one golfer on my high school team and I earned 10th place at the PA state championship. In 10th grade, I tied for 2nd place in the PA state championship. Individual performance in my game is important, yet I am also a team player who enjoys helping my teammates improve their game. My coach often partners me with specific teammates in our matches to mentor them on the course.  In 11th grade, my school was bumped up to the AAA division for golf in the state and I worked hard to qualify all the way to states for the third year in a row.

My aspirations are to attend one of the top colleges in the country for Computer Science. I have always loved math and the challenge of solving difficult problems. I have a strong work ethic and work hard to excel at everything I do, and I want to do my best academically to start a career in that field, while also being one of the best golfers on a college golf team.

Finally I take pride in the strength of my personal character. I am well-liked by my peers due to my kindhearted, easy-going personality. I am honest, and trust-worthy and a person others depend on. I volunteer hours of my time every month, which includes being a mentor and leader with middle school kids at my local church youth group. I am dedicated when I put my mind to achieve a goal and I don’t give up, even when things get difficult. It would be my honor to bring all I have to offer to a college golf team.

Athletics

High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity
  • 3 years
  • 2022 Varsity Team
  • Team Awards
  • Finished 76, 78 at PIAA State Championship, with a -2 on the final nine holes, 74,79 in WPIAL championship, and 75 to win section qualifier
  • 2021 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards
  • Finished 2nd at PIAA State Championship with a 74, 2nd Team All-State, Honorable Mention All-Conference
  • Team Awards
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Team Awards
  • Finished 10th at PIAA State Championship with a 77

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience
  • 4 seasons
  • 2023 Hurricane
  • Jekyll Island Pine Lakes -1(71) April 1, DisneyPalm 72-73 (1 over Feb 4-5), Heritage Hills +1(72) April 23
  • 2022 2022 Hurricane/AJGA
  • Finished 2nd with 77, 72 at Windmill Lakes College Prep tournament. The even par round was the best in the HJGT tournament
  • 2022 2022 TriState.PGA Jr Tour
  • Won TriState PGA Player of the Year for 15-16 yr olds. 1st place in 4 consecutive Tri-State PGA tournies. 6 of last 7 rounds at +1 to +4 over par. 4 wins in a row has only been done twice in last 9 years by boys 15-18 in Tri-State. Avg Handicap differential in the 6 Tri-state rounds was 3.07
  • 2021 TriState PGA Junior Golf Tournament Series (Boys 15-16 )
  • Finished 3rd in Points in 2021 (327.83 pts) with a win at Latrobe Elks GC Jul 13, 2021 (74, 2 over par) and a win at Green Oaks GC Jul 26, 2021 (74, 3 over par)

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Todd Goble

Events

  • Camp/Event
  • HJGT Jekyll Island Junior Open
  • 4/01/23 to 4/02/23
  • 71-76 (3 over par) -1 on Day 1
  • Camp/Event
  • HJGT Disney Junior Open
  • 2/04/23 to 2/05/23
  • 72-73 (1 over par)
  • Camp/Event
  • HJGT College Prep at Kent State
  • 10/22/22 to 10/23/22
  • 77-72, (5 over) even par on Day2
  • Camp/Event
  • Pennsylvania State High School Championship PIAA Boys AAA
  • 10/17/22 to 10/18/22
  • Shot 76-78, Tied-32nd, playing last 9 holes at -2.
  • Camp/Event
  • HJGT College Prep at Penn State
  • 7/30/22 to 7/31/22
  • 73-74 (3 over)
  • Camp/Event
  • Hurricane Jr Golf Tour, Heritage Hills Golf Resort
  • 4/23/22 to 4/24/22
  • Camp/Event
  • Hurricane Jr Golf Tour, Birdsfoot GC
  • 4/02/22 to 4/03/22
  • Camp/Event
  • Hurricane Jr Golf Tour, Heritage Isles G&CC
  • 3/05/22 to 3/06/22
  • Camp/Event
  • Pennsylvania State High School Golf Championship PIAA Boys AA
  • 10/18/21 to 10/18/21
  • Tied for 2nd place as a sophomore, with a score of 74, 2 strokes behind 1st place. I finished the best among underclassmen for PIAA Boys AA.
  • Camp/Event
  • Pennsylvania State High School Golf Championship PIAA Boys AA
  • 10/19/20 to 10/19/20
  • Earned medal tying for 10th place with a 6 over 77. I was one of only 3 freshman to qualify for the AA Boys Championship in 2020, and finished the best in that group.

Statistics

Statistic2023 Hurricane 2022 Varsity Team2022 2022 TriState.2022 2022 Hurricane2021 Varsity Team2021 TriState PGA J
Handicap0.5Leader of undefeated 12-0 Avonworth team1.8 Handicap Index for last 8 rounds
18 Hole Avg.0.52.66 average across 6 of last 7 Tri-State PGA Rounds
18 Hole Low-1 Jekyll Island Pine Lakes HJGT April 1+3 from 6668 yds, won WPIAL AAA section 5 qualifier at Fox Run, 5 strokes ahead of 2nd place+1 Slippery Rock GC June 24+0 Windmill Lakes (College Prep Series at Kent State) October 22, 2022 +3 at Heritage Hills GC Pennsylvania State High School Golf Championship+2 at Latrobe Elks GC July 13, 2021
9 Hole Low-3 Jekyll Island Pine Lakes HJGT April 1-2 at Ft Cherry Golf Course, -2 at Penn State White in PIAA State Championship -1 Slippery Rock GC June 24+0 at Indian Run GC at WPIAL Team Semi-Final championship-1 at TriState PGA Player of Year Championship, Pittsburgh Field Club, July 29, 2021
GIR14 GiR Day 2 at Disney Pam
Putts per 1829 putts Day 1 at Disney Palm, 34 putts day 228 (Youghiogheny CC) 28 (Slippery Rock GC) 29 (Lone Pine CC) no 3 putts in any of those
Driving Accuracy11 of 14 fairways DisneyPalm day 2
Longest Drive300 yds on flat hole 14 at Fox Run with no wind
Statistic2020 Varsity Team
18 Hole Low+6 at PA State Golf Championship boys AA as freshman, finished 10th, highest of the class of 2024
9 Hole Low+0 (Even) at Ft Cherry GC

Academics

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High School Information

StatePennsylvania
Phone(412) 366-6360

Academic Accomplishments

Are you in honor classes?
Yes. Honors/Stem Physics Honors Stem Chemistry Honors Trig/Pre-Calculus Honors Band (3 years) Honors World Geography 10 Honors English 10 Honors English 9 Honors Algebra Honors Geometry Honors World Cultures 9
Are you in AP/IB classes?
Yes. AP Calculus BC AP Calculus AB AP Chemistry AP Physics AP Probability and Statistics AP English Language AP English Composition AP US History Computer Integrated Manufacturing (College in High School) Computer Programming in Python (College in High School ) Computer Programming in Java (College in High School) French (College in High School)
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Yes

Awards and Activities

  • AwardsNational Honor Society
  • ActivitiesAvonworth Jazz Band Ensemble Avonworth Honors Band Avonworth French Club Avonworth Math and Computer Programming Tutor for MS kids Student Leader/Mentor of MS Youth Group kids Sound engineer/technician at New Community Church Job - Golf Attendant at RMU Golf Dome Job - Team Member at Chick-Fil-A

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