Camas senior Emma Cox didn’t mention her 14th-place state finish, district title or two eagle hole-outs when asked about her season.
The Columbian All-Region girls golfer of the year instead spoke of her team.
The Papermakers finished fourth at state this year, the first season in which entire teams qualified for the event.
“My freshman through junior year felt very individualistic,” Cox said. “You were trying to claim your spot and hopefully your whole team was able to make it. This season was just amazing in the way that everybody’s score mattered. It didn’t just matter about me or the way I placed.”
The format was a perfect fit for Cox, who tries to put others before herself more often than not. Before the district, bi-district and state tournaments, Cox, a Papermaker captain, went up to her teammates and gave them a pep talk.
“They’re so much fun, and super kind and smart but some of them get in their own heads even though they have this amazing ability,” Cox said.
She’s passionate about environmental issues and women’s right, attends Camas City Council meetings and volunteered for Carolyn Long’s congressional campaign.
A future politician?
“It’s really hard to run and have all these people judging you,” Cox said. “It’s not my thing. I’d like to be in the backstage area, but maybe one day (I’ll run for political office). I’m not going to rule it out.”