Introducing Wayne State College Female Golfer Saffire Sayre – The Wayne Stater

The Wayne State College women’s golf team has a new member this year. Meet Saffire Sayre, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa. She attended West Des Moines Valley High School, where she played golf all four years. Sayre has helped Valley High win three straight state titles for teams from Iowa in the past three seasons. She was tied for eighth individually in the state tournament last year.

Sayre had a very successful high school career. Along with three state team titles, she was All-State First Team and All-Conference First Team all four years in high school. During her senior season, she was an honorable mention for the Des Moines Register All-Iowa Women’s Golf Team and earned All-Central Metropolitan League Central Conference honors. She was also named the 2021 Player of the Year by the Iowa Pro Golfers Association.

Sayre fell in love with the game of golf at just 10 years old. She had finished all her junior golf courses and decided to pursue the sport even further. At age 13, she played her first 18-hole course and kept striving to be better. She says she learned a lot from her father, James Sayre, who played college golf at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Newly appointed WSC Head Coach Nick Swaney praised Sayre and what she brings to the team. “I had seen Saffire very successful in high school,” Swaney said.

Sayre’s teammate Viktoria Bortkiewicz-Hamelin said, “Saffire is a great addition to this team. She has a lot of potential to push the team up.” She is ready to work and is a great teammate to be on a team with.”

In addition to playing golf, Sayre loves watching the pros play. His favorite golfer is Jordan Spieth, and his favorite golfer is Michelle Wie, although Wie no longer plays. According to Sayre, the greatest golfer of all time is Annika Sörenstam, a historic golfer on the LPGA circuit who played for 23 years.

Her favorite field that she has played on is a “pristine field” in Rhodes, Iowa called The Harvester. Sayre says, “There isn’t a fairway divot or a green divot and everything is perfect.” She also went on to play Pinehurst No. 2, a historic golf course in Pinehurst, North Carolina. who has already held professional men’s and women’s championships. One course she would love to play is Augusta National in August, Georgia, home of The Masters, but she admits it’s a little out of reach. Sayre would love to play at the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, a common venue for the US Open.

In addition to playing golf, Sayre loves to play board games, particularly Monopoly. Sayre stated, “I could sit there for hours and play, but people are always saying they don’t have the patience. I get golf patience.” She once even played an eight-hour game.

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