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Reese Jansa keeping up with family tradition of winning

Reese breaks Kaufman’s scoring record in Girls “AA” state tournament
Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 11:28 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) -Reese Jansa doesn’t spend much time thinking or practicing when she’s playing a round.

It doesn’t take long to see why.

“She hits the ball extremely long for a 16-year old girl. She hit a couple drives 330, 340. I mean, that’s just unheard of.” Ryan Jansa says.

“Growing up with parents that are super competitive they’re like ‘hey, just get up and hit!’ So ever since then I’ve just got up and gone!” Harrisburg Junior Reese Jansa says.

Going to the golf course has been a part of Jansa’s life almost from the moment it began.

“When she was in her car seat we would ride around playing 18 holes so we could get 18 holes in. And then, from the time that she could really walk, she was really interested in being out here.” Julie Jansa says.

As has Reese’s desire to win, something she saw her parents do regularly. Ryan is one of the most decorated male golfers in South Dakota history, remaining active with his wife Julie.

“Our matches, just inter-family, are very intense. Nobody likes to lose, we’re very competitive.” Ryan says.

“They’re always like ‘hey look lets go play a game or two’. And I think they just make it so competitive that I don’t like getting beat, especially by my mom! So I like to really just dig in and find what I can do.” Reese says.

Perhaps that explains why, after a fourth place finish at State as a freshman, Reese was constantly on the links after her sophomore year was cancelled by the pandemic.

“Every day I practiced and I just really found my true talent.” Reese says.

“Last year I don’t know, from a maturity level, if she’d have been there to pull it off. Skill-wise I think so, but she’s just matured so much in the last year I think that’s what really gave her a little bit more of an advantage.” Ryan says.

Coming to a head last week with the finest championship performance in South Dakota history. Jansa finished the two round tournament eight under par, breaking LPGA pro Kim Kaufman’s record for lowest championship score.

“It means a lot to me. Kim Kaufman has been one of my biggest role models since I was young. I always look up to her. I mean, she’s on the LPGA, I would love to be on that!” Reese says.

“For her to shoot that low two days in a row is absolutely phenomenal. I mean her opportunities are going to be endless if she keeps playing like this.” Julie says.

Though there’s so much to think about it’s pretty easy for Reese to stay grounded when there’s always a challenge in front of her at home.

“It’s pretty clear now that we’re going to have to continue to get back out there and practice so that we can keep up with her!” Ryan says.

“(Who wins when you play your mom now?) Oh me! I out drive her at least!” Reese says.

Zach Borg, Dakota News Now Sports.

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