Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

Sensational season


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Kendall Griffin made quite an impact in her first year of varsity golf.

The Sebring freshman, who averaged a team-best 36 for nine holes, played a key role in the Blue Streaks winning the Class 2A-District 18 tournament by shooting a 73 at River Greens Golf Club.

Griffin came back with a 71 at regionals at Highlands Ridge North to help Sebring finish second to qualify for the state tournament.

At the state tournament, Griffin took her game to another level by finishing second individually to help Sebring finish 14th as a team.

"Kendall is so humble and so driven," said Sebring girls golf coach Lisa Lovett. "She has a great work ethic and is always smiling and encouraging.

"She is very talented, is a team player and golf is in her future."

For her ability and accomplishments, Griffin has been selected as the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Girls Golfer of the Year.

"It means a lot to win this award," said Griffin. "I'm super honored because we had such an awesome year as a team.

"I'm hoping we can go back to state next year and do even better."

The Team

Stephanie Bennett, senior, Lake Placid - Bennett averaged 60 for nine holes in her first year on the Green Dragons girls golf team.

"Stephanie worked hard and cut a lot of strokes off her score as the season progresses," said Lake Placid girls golf coach Jon Million.

Dannielle Roque, freshman, Avon Park - Roque averaged 62 for nine holes for the Red Devils in her first year of varsity golf.

"Dannielle is a hard worker, has a nice swing and is only going to get better," said Avon Park girls golf coach Suzie Gentry.

Megan Crews, junior, Sebring - Crews played a key role in Sebring having such a successful season by averaging 46 for nine holes.

"Megan is such a hard worker," Lovett said. "She is always looking to improve and is a great team player."

Jenna Blount, senior, Lake Placid - Blount came a long way in her first year of varsity golf by averaging 62 for nine holes for the Green Dragons.

"Jenna is a good athlete and showed a lot of improvement during the season," Million said.

Meghan Griffin, sophomore, Sebring - Griffin averaged 46 for nine holes and played some solid rounds to help the Blue Streaks reach the state tournament.

"Meghan took her game to a new level this season," said Lovett. "She is serious about improving and has a great deal of potential."

Avie Clark, sophomore, Sebring - Clark averaged 47 for nine holes and played steady golf down the stretch for the Blue Streaks.

"Avie is a hard worker and her scores were important to our success,"said Lovett. "She should be a force next year."

Honorable Mention

Teresa Ware, junior, Sebring - Ware averaged 67 in her first year of varsity golf.

"Teresa learned how to play during the season and did an amazing job," said Lovett. "She is a hard worker and has a good feel around the green."

Alex Hornick, sophomore, Sebring - Hornick averaged 67 for nine holes for the Blue Streaks.

"Alex is very positive and is always encouraging her teammates," Lovett said. "I look forward to seeing how much she improves by next season."

Coach of the Year

For guiding a young Sebring team to the state golf tournament, Lisa Lovett has been selected as the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Girls Golf Coach of the Year.

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