Decker swings for Concordia

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Mike McDowell only saw Cammie Decker hit one ball before she joined the McNary High School girls varsity golf team. “She hit a dart straight down the middle for about 230 yards and that was all it took. I knew I was in good hands for the next four years,” said McDowell, Celtic head coach. Decker, a senior, will be taking her skills north to Portland’s Concordia University next fall. She signed a letter of intent to play for the school at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 17. McDowell said Decker started with the right foundation. “Cammie is the first one at practice and last to leave every day, and puts that kind of example forward for the other girls. She’ll also step right up and help the other girls whenever she can help them identify a problem,” he said. Over the years, she’s added to her repertoire a steely resolve to excel at a game known for its ups and downs. She doesn’t get angry over the bad balls and feels no need to celebrate the great ones, McDowell said. “Cammie hits a plateau and stays there. I’ve only met two or three other high school students that can play the way she does in that regard,” said McDowell. Decker said she loves the team and individual aspects of golf, and found the...

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