By Laura Fellwock, AJGA Communications
For many junior golfers, the chance to play on a college team is a dream opportunity. To eat, sleep and live golf with teammates and share in the glories and tough times is a goal in the back of each junior golfer’s mind. But for ten juniors at the AJGA Junior at Owensboro, that dream will soon become a reality.
Ranging anywhere from a graduating senior to a rising junior in high school, the juniors have traveled from across the country to play at the Owensboro Country Club in Owensboro, Kentucky. But their next venture in life will have them on opposite coasts, from the University of Arizona to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. For Samantha Hatter of Lafayette, Indiana, a member of the Class of 2015, the prospect of college golf is exciting.
“It’s a relief that you don’t have that kind of pressure on you when you’re playing,” the University of Findlay commit said. “You can just go out and play and you know that you’re already set for the future. I’m looking forward to the girls on the team and getting to know them and being able to play competitively after high school.”
Gavin Cohen of Tucson, Arizona, has two years before he heads to the University of Arizona on a verbal commitment. But that hasn’t stopped him from thinking about the thrilling opportunity.
“The fact that I was given the opportunity to even to play in college means everything to me,” Cohen said. “It was always a goal of mine, so the fact that I accomplished that and am given the chance to maybe make it to the next level is great.”
Other juniors in the tournament field who have accepted The Mission to play college golf are:
Allen Hamilton of Louisville, Kentucky, verbally committed to the University of Kentucky
Tyler Green of Columbia City, Indiana, verbally committed to Purdue University
Olivia Cason of Owensboro, Kentucky, committed to the University of Louisville
Teri Doss of Paducah, Kentucky, verbally committed to Mississippi State University
Mary Joiner of Franklin, Kentucky, verbally committed to Western Kentucky University
Hannabeth Owens of Crab Orchard, Kentucky, verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky University
Judianne Speech of Nicholasville, Kentucky, verbally committed to Lee University
Tristyn Nowlin of Richmond, Kentucky, verbally committed to the University of Illinois