By Darrell Metcalf
NBHS – As a freshman at North Buncombe High School, Bekka Mull has already accomplished some notable achievements. In her first season as a high school athlete, Bekka was selected to the All-WNC Women’s Golf Team, qualified for the State Championship match in Jackson Springs, and ultimately finished 51st out of 80 players at the state level. Only eight ladies were chosen for the All-WNC team.
In a vote by the conference coaches on these golfers, Bekka finished 16th out of 53 athletes at regionals in Etowah to qualify for the state championship match. Mull shot a 93 and 99 in round 1 and 2, respectively, to earn her 51st place finish.
According to NC High School Athletic Association stats for the match, Mull was a top-10 finisher within the 3A division of the 2023 graduating class. Her regular season was equally impressive, as she also earned the MaxPreps.com “Player of the Match” title seven times.
Bekka, 14, has played for a few years now. “I started golf about three and a half years ago,” she said. “I did gymnastics and a bunch of other sports and was just looking for another sport. So, I thought I’d try out golf. I told my grandparents about it and the next week, I received a set of starter clubs in the mail. I just started playing around with them and swinging. Then I met with Brenda Kuehn and she got me started with playing golf.”
Kuehn, an Asheville School and Wake Forest University alumni, was undoubtedly qualified to instruct young Bekka. Mrs. Kuehn has competed in nine US Women’s Opens herself. Bekka practices mostly at the Country Club of Asheville (her favorite course) and Reems Creek Golf Course.
Most of the school team’s matches are local. Last year they played in Lake Junaluska, Etowah, Black Mountain, Waynesville, Asheville (Municipal Course) and Weaverville (Reems Creek).
Bekka’s favorite golfer is Symetra Tour US Champion Laura Wearn. “I met her on the Symetra Tour down in Atlanta. She actually came to see me play one time down in Furman.” When asked about her main strengths in her game, Bekka attributes much of her regional and state success to strong chipping. “I chipped in on the 18th hole at regionals and also on the 18th hole at state.”
While she aspires to play at the college level, eventually, Bekka is focusing on her current play and improvement. Women’s Golf starts again in late August and ends in late October. North Buncombe can certainly expect Ms. Mull to collect even more hardware over her next three seasons.