Girls' Golf Athlete of the Year
Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, Nevada
Hentzner helped lead Bishop Gorman to a second-place finish in the
Class 4A Nevada girls golf state tournament last fall, finishing among
the top 10 players individually. In the National Open High School Golf
Championships held June 23-25 in Winter Garden, Fla., Hentzner was the
highest-placing senior in the girls competition, finishing in ninth
place. The tournament was part of the 3rd annual National High School
Sports Festival, which attracted nearly 1,000 athletes to the Orlando,
Fla. area for competition in golf, tennis, and soccer June 23-26.
"Athletes like Christine Hentzner are one of the reasons these
Championships are so gratifying," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro
said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills, and we are
extremely proud to be honoring her."
Hentzner put together three consistent rounds of golf at the Orange
County National Golf Center, shooting 77-76-77 for a 54-hole score of
230. Christine Kim, a sophomore at Oak Grove High School in San Jose,
Calif., won the event with a 215 total.
East Noble High School, Kendallville, Indiana
"Athletes like Sarah Sparks are among the success stories produced in
high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said.
"She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one
of the best golfers not only in the state of Indiana, but the entire
nation, and we are proud to be honoring her."
Sparks starred in two sports at East Noble High. In addition to her
golf achievements, she was a three-year starter on the basketball team
and captain as a senior, leading her team in field-goal percentage and
earning second-team All-Conference honors. A two-time individual golf
state qualifier, Sparks finished ninth in the state tournament last fall
and was named the winner of the Indiana High School Athletic
Association's Mental Attitude Award.
Also an outstanding student, Sparks will graduate No. 1 in a class of
292 students, and will attend Xavier University. She earned a
grade-point average of 11.2 (on a scale of 11.0) and scored 1410 on the
The Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tennessee
"Athletes like May Wood are among the success stories produced in high
school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She
has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of
the best golfers not only in the state of Tennessee, but the entire
nation, and we are proud to be honoring her."
Wood won Division II individual state titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000
after finishing third in the state as an eighth-grader in 1997. A wrist
injury prevented Wood from trying for a fourth state title last fall.
However, she competed in the Aerus Electrolux Tournament, the LPGA
Tour's Nashville stop, this spring, and will continue her golf career in
the fall as a freshman at Vanderbilt University.
Wood also was a two-time All-American in the NHSCA National Open High
School Women's Golf Championships. As a freshman in 1999, Wood finished
second in the event to Natalie Gulbis, currently an LPGA Tour rookie,
with a 311 total, when it was a 72-hole event. In 2000, Wood followed
that up with a 221 total and a fourth-place finish.
Grand Blanc High School, Grand Blanc, Michigan
"Mandi McConnell has put together the type of high school career that
makes it clear that she has been and will continue to be a force on the
women's golf scene," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The
NHSCA is proud to name Mandi McConnell it's National High School Senior
Girls Golf Athlete of the Year."
The 2003 Michigan Miss Golf selection, McConnell averaged 73.2 strokes
per round her senior season in winning the state championship.
McConnell's title came after two runner-up finishes and one third-place
award at the state championships. McConnell broke several records
throughout her career, including a 38-year mark at Flint Junior Golf,
and LPGA star Kelly Robbins' record for lowest round ever at the Davison
Invitational. McConnell also played on the Power-Bilt Tour and posted
27 wins, while receiving the Player of the Year Award in three
West Torrance High School, Torrance, California
Amie won the first California state title contested in girls' golf
in over 20 years when she took the title in a playoff at the PGA of
Southern California this spring. Cochran will join an NCAA championship
squad at UCLA next year.
The Kamehameha School, Honolulu, Hawaii
Few athletes matched Chun's accomplishments on the course and in the
classroom in 2004. She won the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association
Tournament of Champions, the Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Match
Play Championships, the Mayor's Cup, the Aloha Section of the Westfield
Junior PGA Championships and the Callaway Junior World Championships.
On the high school links, she was the state runnerup as a senior, fifth
as a junior and seventh as a sophomore. With a 4.12 GPA, Chun is a
member of the National Honor Society and was the recipient of the
Wellesley Book Award, which honored her as its Outstanding Female
Student of the Year. She will attend Stanford University.
St. Andrews School, Boca Raton, Florida
Pressel dominated Florida's Class A state meet for four years, winning
state individual titles as a sophomore, junior and senior after
finishing second as a freshman. She shot a sparkling 67-67-134 in the
state meet last fall and won the title on the second hole of a
sudden-death playoff. Eight days after winning the state crown, Pressel,
the U.S. Women's Open runner-up in 2005, ended her amateur career by
joining the LPGA Tour. Ranked No. 1 in the amateur ranks at the time,
Pressel finished in the top 25 in each of the seven professional
tournaments she played in last year.
Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, Arizona
As a junior, Choe posted a 36-hole score of 15-under-par 125 - the
lowest score in state history - to lead Cactus Shadows to the Class 4A
state team title. She followed that with 11-under 129 as a senior for
her second individual title, leading Cactus Shadows to a state runnerup
finish and earning repeat Girls Golfer of the Year honors from the
Arizona Republic. A two-time Junior Solheim Cup Team member who also
competed on the Junior Ryder Cup Team in 2006, Choe is ranked No. 1 in
the Junior Golf national rankings and was voted the Rolex Junior Player
of the Year. She will attend the University of Arizona.
Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange, Florida
A fixture near the top of the Florida golf scene, Graham averaged 68.5
strokes per round as a senior and did not shoot an over-par round all
season. He finished second in the Class 2A state tournament last fall,
shooting 2-under-par 142, and was the meet's highest-placing senior. He
also was the Region 2 runnerup and shot a sparkling 67 to win the
District 5 meet by seven strokes. As a junior, Graham finished third in
the state tournament and was a four-time Flagler County Player of the
Year. Currently the nation's top-ranked junior player, Graham was named
to the Rolex Junior All-America First Team after advancing to the U.S.
Junior Amateur semifinals and earning runnerup honors in the HP Boys
Junior Championship last summer. He will attend Florida State
Porter Ridge High School, Indian Trail, North Carolina
After being tied for the lead following the first day of the Class
A-2A-3A state tournament last fall, Gunter made it a runaway on the
final day, shooting the tournament's only subpar round - a 2-under 70 in
blustery, chilly conditions - to shoot 76-70-146 and win her third
consecutive state championship by a whopping 10 strokes. She was a
three-time South Piedmont Conference Player of the Year and a two-time
Charlotte Observer Player of the Year. Also an outstanding junior
player, Gunter was a Rolex Junior All-America Honorable Mention
selection and was named North Carolina Junior Player of the Year in 2008
after finishing in the top 10 in eight of the 15 events she entered,
and was an EA Sports All-American in 2007. She will attend the
University of North Carolina.
Torrance High School, Torrance, California
Shin, a native of South Korea, won her second consecutive individual
state championship last fall, shooting a one-under-par 71. As a junior,
she won her first title in a playoff after shooting 72, and she also
finished 10th in state as sophomore and sixth as a freshman. She also
helped Torrance win its third straight team title and fourth in five
years. Shin won the Los Angeles City Championship at the age of 10, and
in 2006, at the age of 13 years, nine months, she became the second
youngest winner of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship. Down three holes
in the final nine, she rallied and won the title on the first playoff
hole. It was only her second-ever Girls Junior competition. Shin
advanced to the finals of the Polo World Golf Championship in 2008, and
is a three-time American Junior Golf Association Rolex First Team
All-American. Last fall’s state tournament was the final amateur event
for Shin, who has qualified for the LPGA Futures Tour and is pursuing a
Chichester High School, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania
finished her career as the state champion in dramatic fashion. Holding a
three-stroke lead after an opening-round 72, she needed to birdie the
last two holes of the final round to salvage a 79 and force a three-way
playoff. She won the school’s first girls state championship in any
sport by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole. The
state runner-up her sophomore and junior years, Kan also finished fifth
in state as a freshman. She won three District 1 titles and a region
title, and is a three-time All-Delco selection and a two-time Delaware County Daily Times
Player of the Year. The Purdue University commitment also had a
successful Junior season, winning the Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur
Championship, the PGA Junior Series stop at Penn State University for
the third time, and the CorseMax/Philadelphia Junior Runner, where she
won a 15-stroke victory. She also qualified for the PGA Junior
Championship and earned her third berth in the U.S. Women’s Amateur
Public Links, advancing to match play.
Altus High School, Altus,Oklahoma
Blonien became the second Oklahoma girl – and the first in 5A– in the 82-year history of the state tournament to win four individual titles. Trailing two golfers by a stroke after the first round, Blonien rallied with the only sub-70 round shot by anyone in the tournament – a 3-under-par 67 – to take the title by three strokes.She shot 75-67-142. She had four birdies and one bogey in her final round, and needed only 27 putts. The only other four-time state champion: Lacey Jones of Idabel High School, who won four 4A titles from 2001-04. As a freshman, Blonien shot a hole-in-one en route to a final-round 71 as she took her first title.The two-time defending Oklahoma Girls Junior state champion, Blonien also won the event’s Long Drive Contest in the 16-17age group with a drive of 291 yards. Her final-round 72 made her the first Oklahoma golfer to win the Girls Open title in the28-year history of the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament last summer, a title she won by a record 16 strokes, and also qualified for the match play portion of the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur.She will attend Oklahoma State University
Charles City High School, Charles City, Iowa
Sindlinger joined an elite club in May when she won her fourth straight
Iowa state golf championship. Sindlinger, who will attend the
University of Iowa on a golf scholarship, shot a 65 at the Ames Golf and
Country Club to become just the second four-time state champ in Iowa –
an the first in over 50 years. Sindlinger qualified for the 2012 PGA
Allen High School, Allen, Texas
After finishing second once and third twice during her first three years of varsity competition, Allen High’s Maddie Szeryk captured the Texas Class 5A championship during the 2013-14 school year. Ranked #9 by the AJGA, the Texas A&M recruit, finished second as a sophomore and third as a junior and freshman. Szeryk shot 135 during the two-day tournament, which included a sizzling 65 on the final day of the tournament. Her gold medal performance also helped her school win the team title. In May, Szeryk qualified for the LPGA’s North Texas Shootout where she shot back-to-back 74’s before not making the cut. She also won the AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior Tournament. Szeryk is the first Texas girls’ golfer to be honored by the NHSCA.
Summit High School, Bend, Oregon
Madison Odiorne closed-out her scholastic career by becoming the first four-time state champion in Oregon. Odiorne won the Class 5A title with a record-shattering 140 over 36 holes, which was one shot off the all-classifications low score at the Oregon state championships. The mark broke her previous state record in the 5A championship by ten strokes. In March, Odiorne won the girls’ 13-19 division at the Future Collegians World Tour event at the Silverado Resort and Spa in California. In 2014, she qualified for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Odiorne will attend Washington St.