(Shenandoah) -- Each weekday from now until August 26th, KMA Sports will be announcing the inaugural KMA Sports Hall of Fame class. Throughout the 2016-17 sports year, these 20 inductees will have special induction ceremonies, but August is designed for the announcements.
Today's inductee is one of the most successful prep golfers in KMAland history. Former Shenandoah Fillies star Alex Curry played golf from the moment she could walk. That paid off with four state appearances, three top five finishes and the only state golf title in Shenandoah history.
"It was an incredible experience," Curry said of her state title in 2007, "and something I'll never forget. It's so special for me because it wasn't just something I achieved for myself. It was definitely a family affair."
Curry's grandfather Jack Dickerson was the head golf coach during three of her four high school years (Kyan Kirkholm took over for her senior season). That includes the year she captured the state title by a single stroke.
"I went into the last hole not knowing that I was one stroke up," Curry said. "I put my very last putt in the hole and started to cry because I thought I had lost. I don't know if that showed how focused I was or maybe I wasn't really paying attention, but it was a great experience."
Curry, a sophomore, at the time bettered her seventh place finish from her freshman season and then followed with a runner-up as a junior and a fifth to end her senior year.
The Shenandoah-Essex golf team was also full of talent, as they were state runner-up during her 2007 state championship run.
"I think (that) definitely helped," she said of her team. "I think you always play better when you have somebody pushing you. You're always wanting to play on their level. I think going as a team to state really helped relax me. I think that really helped all of us."
Curry, who went on to play one year of golf at Dana and another at South Dakota, says she couldn't have done it without the tremendous support of her family.
"They've always been so supportive," she said. "It's been a big part of that for me. I grew up traveling the state, traveled nationally and played in some international tournaments. My entire family was there every step of the way."
Curry will be inducted as part of the inaugural class of the KMA Sports Hall of Fame class at a date to be determined.
KMA Sports will announce a new inductee each August weekday morning during the 7:50 AM sportscast. Track the Hall of Fame announcements/inductees below:
Football: Announced August 26th at 7:50 AM
Girls Basketball: Announced August 18th at 7:50 AM
Boys Track: Announced August 23rd at 7:50 AM
Girls Golf: Alex Curry (Induction: TBA)
Boys Golf: Announced August 19th at 7:50 AM
Girls Tennis: Announced August 17th at 7:50 AM
Team: Announced August 25th at 7:50 AM
Softball: Announced August 24th at 7:50 AM
Team: Announced August 22nd at 7:50 AM