Standout Waterford golfer Kenzie Dietz to continue career at Charleston

Photos courtesy of Patricia Miller Waterford’s Kenzie Dietz, right, signed Wednesday to continue her academic and golf career at Charleston. Seated, from left to right, are Josh Dietz (brother), Dana Dietz (father), Kenzie Dietz, Tami Dietz (mother) and Larry Wilson (grandfather). Standing, from left to right, are Brandyn Offenberger (boys golf coach), Doug Baldwin (Principal), Cris Baker (girls golf coach), Monica Dietz (Grandmother), Phyllis Wilson (Grandmother) and Joe Crislip.

WATERFORD — Kenzie Dietz was a model of consistency on the golf course during her career at Waterford High.

The Wildcat senior is hoping that trend continues at the next level of competition.

Early Tuesday morning, the 18-year-old Dietz signed a National Letter of Intent at the Cooper Annex to continue her education and play golf at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W.Va., after high school graduation.

“I’m interested in majoring in pharmacy,” Dietz said, “and they offer that program. I’ve visited the school and talked to the golf coach and some of the players. I’m really looking forward to going there.”

Dietz said she also considered Ohio Northern University and Findlay University.

Will Johnson-coached Charleston is an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Mountain East Conference. The Golden Eagles home course is Edgewood Country Club in Sissonville, which is located just north of Charleston.

“In looking at some of the past schedules of the Golden Eagles ladies golf, I’m excited to see that her team has played Ohio Valley University and in a tournament in Cambridge,” said Waterford golf coach Cris Baker. “I hope to get an opportunity to watch her play again.”

At Waterford, she owns a 3.9 GPA (grade point average).

“In my research of the college Kenzie chose, I was very impressed with the size of the college, what they had to offer, and with the pharmacy program at the school,” Baker said. “I think this will be a really good fit for Kenzie as she starts the next chapter of her life.”

Dietz started playing golf in the seventh grade at St. John Central Church School. When she was a Waterford freshman in 2014, she became a member of the very first Wildcat girls golf team.

The following year, Dietz was instrumental in helping Waterford qualify for state tournament play for the first time. During the her sophomore season, the Wildcats were both District and Sectional champions.

As a 10th-grader, Dietz was both a District Player of the Year and a first-team All-District honoree, averaging 86.6 for 18 holes and 43.3 for nine. She was also a district medalist.

In Dietz’s junior season, Waterford repeated as District and Sectional champs, and advanced to state for the second straight year. Averaging 84.5 for 18 and 41.2 for nine, she was a first-team District honoree, a sectional medalist, and a District Player of the Year runner-up.

During regular-season play, Dietz averaged 38.5.

During the year, Dietz carded a PR 79 at Lakeside Golf Course. And, on the Callaway Junior Tour, she aced the 10th hole at Greenhills Country Club in Ravenswood, W.Va.

Capping her prep golf career last fall, Dietz helped Waterford 3-peat as District and Sectional champs, and clinch a berth at state for the third consecutive year.

Averaging 84 for 18 and 41.4 for nine, she was honored a District Player of the year for the second time. She was a first-team District honoree for the third straight season.

During regular season play, Dietz averaged 39.9.

“I think Kenzie will be a big asset to the team,” Baker said. “She works very hard to improve her game. I know she’s been out already this spring.”

An all-around athlete at Waterford, Dietz was also a member of the Wildcats’ basketball team that advanced to state four straight years. In her sophomore year, the Cats claimed the DIV championship.

Dietz is the daughter of Dana and Tami Dietz.