Fox Chapel's Kendall Allen finally finds a home at Penn State
Kendall Allen just needed some time to find the right fit.
Allen, a Shady Side Academy graduate and Fox Chapel native, has bounced around the Big Ten Conference like a golf ball on a cart path. But she appears to have settled on continuing her golf career at Penn State.
Allen, who helped lead Shady Side Academy to three PIAA team championships in her four years as a starter, first signed with Michigan State.
But things changed.
“Before I started classes, I just felt that I wasn't going to be comfortable there,” she said.
Allen then attended Ohio State for a semester before she decided that she had to do some soul-searching.
“I put the clubs down in April for a couple of months and, at that point, let the coaches at Ohio State know that I had decided to head elsewhere,” Allen said. “They were very gracious and told me they would help me wherever I decided to go.”
Her destination turned out to be Happy Valley.
“I just loved it at Penn State as soon as I got there,” Allen said. “I'm thrilled. I love the setting, the rural location, the coaches and the facilities. Taking the time off helped me to make the right decision.”
The Big Ten has certain sports that have a transfer exemption, which means that the athlete doesn't have to sit out for the standard year. Women's golf is one of those sports, so Allen, who was redshirted at Ohio State, will be able to take to the course immediately and have four years of eligibility.
“I can't wait for the fall season,” she said. “We should have a good, competitive team and I'm ready to contribute. I think I'll fit right in.
According to Allen, the four-month hiatus didn't hurt her game.
“I felt that my game was great considering the layoff,” she said. “I'm happy to be back and I'm glad to be playing closer to home.”
Allen, who will major in agricultural business, believes that she has become a more complete player since her days at Shady Side Academy.
“I can hit the ball farther and I'm more consistent,” she said.
“I'll be playing in tournaments over the summer to help get me ready for the fall season at Penn State.”
Marty Stewart is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.