CENTRAL POINT—Kiana Oshiro is where she’s always been, but now with perspective.
"The main reason why I do this, the main reason why I've practiced so long... It's a lonely process but it's a process that's worth it," she said.
To understand where Oshiro is now, one must understand from where she came.
A whirlwind of a high school golf career that could have been among the most dominant in Oregon history was instead marked with obstacles.
Starting in her sophomore year, she attended Logos Charter School and played for Crater.
She was in first place after day one of the 2015 state tournament, but then realized she had signed off on a 67 when she really shot a 68.
"I believe it was my second hole in which I bogeyed instead of parred and my scorer marked it as a par instead," Oshiro said.
The self-reported mistake led to her disqualification, but lit a fire that carried into the following season.
"Even if I did get disqualified, it gave me more of a fire to come back from that the next year and play as best I can to match that score or do better than that," she said.
Oshiro went on to win the individual state title in her 2016 junior season, this time carding a legit 67 on day one.
"I watched her when she was ten years old out at the golf course hitting balls and outdriving my high school golfers and I knew that she was a special girl at that point," said Brent Bowker, her high school coach.
Oshiro’s story then took another turn the following year.
A chance to repeat as state champion was robbed when the Central Point School District prevented Logos students from playing sports at Crater.
"We paid for our own travel, we took our own car, we did not travel with the team,” Oshiro said. “We tried our best not to interfere with anything financial that Crater had to do."
"I knew that she was bummed, but she also knew that in the bigger picture she was going to continue on and she has and she's excelled," Bowker said.
Nearly two years removed from the end of her high school golf career, Kiana is now playing at Western Texas Community College.
She’s won three tournaments and is being recruited by the University of Georgia—the perspective she’s gained helping unleash the talent that’s always been there.
"If the world turns its back to you, you got to turn your back to it and just keep on doing what you're doing because you will get to where you want to be one day. I don't want people to be afraid of that." Oshiro said.