Bountiful golfers together on and off the course

by Catherine Garrett

Clipper sportswriter

BOUNTIFUL–Three-time All-State golfer Jobi Einerson and her sister, freshman Vanna Einerson, are teeing it up for the Bountiful High girls golf team this season. The daughters of Spike and Joanna Einerson of Bountiful are thrilled to play together for one year before Jobi heads off to be a part of the Westminster golf squad in the fall.

“It’s super fun to have Vanna on the team,” Jobi said. “We’ve been battling it out for a while and she has beaten me once or twice just playing around – not in a tournament, though. But, she’s coming for me.”

“We have gotten so much closer already this year playing on the team together,” Vanna said. “It’s been amazing.”

“It’s exciting for the Einerson sisters to be playing together,” Bountiful head coach Jenny Hathaway said. “They will compete against each other and only make our team better.” 

Jobi started playing golf when she was eight years old and was a tournament champion at Swan Lakes within a couple of years before winning at Lakeside as a 12, 13 and 14-year-old. As a freshman at Bountiful High, she placed fifth at the 4A state tournament, helping the Braves to a fifth place finish as a team. In what Jobi considers the “highlight of my golfing career so far,” Jobi placed second in the 2016 state championship, shooting a six-under through the first nine holes while going 1-over on the back nine, losing to eventual medalist Naomi Suifua of Provo in sudden death. Last season, Jobi placed fifth at the state tournament.

Bountiful’s team captain said golf has taught her perseverance. “It’s such a mental sport where you can gain confidence with just one good shot,” Jobi said. “When you’re so down on yourself, you can bounce back.”

Jobi also has enjoyed playing the sport with her family and what she’s learned about herself as a competitor and her mental strength. She credits her dad for “spending hours analyzing my swing and doing anything he can to help my game,” on her way to earning a college scholarship.

Vanna describes her older sister as “outgoing, really intelligent, beautiful, smart and really a lot of things,” and the inspiration for her own involvement in the sport. “Jobi inspired me to get going,” Vanna said. “I just hope I can do what she’s done.”

The younger Einerson said she was involved in dance, cheer and volleyball for years before deciding to stop just watching Jobi play golf and join her in the sport in hopes of also playing in college.

Last year, Vanna competed in the Drive, Chip and Putt event and qualified for the next tier of the event in Torrey Pines, California, where she just missed out on being at the last level that would have sent her to Augusta, Georgia. “That was a great experience and it really taught me that every stroke matters,” she said. “You don’t realize how much it matters until it comes down to one stroke here or there.”

Over the summer, Vanna shot a personal-best 75 at a Salt Lake-area golf course that has further motivated the freshman in the sport that has taught her about being respectful, friendly and mentally strong. She said she works on her game at least two hours each day and loves learning from her dad who “has probably taught me everything I know. That’s our bonding time,” she said.

“Vanna is outgoing, determined and funny,” Jobi said. “It’s different playing with her in high school, but it’s a good different. She’s very needed on our team.”

“We’re typical sisters where we kind of go against each other, but on the course we work together really well as a team,” Vanna said. “It’s already been a lot of fun.”


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