- By David Brousseau Special to The Post
2017 PALM BEACH POST GIRLS GOLF ALL-AREA TEAM
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Maisie Filler, Oxbridge Academy, So.
Why? Finished a county-best sixth at the Class 1A state tournament with rounds of 68-74. Had a 71 at districts. Her improvement was evident after finishing 22nd at the Class 1A state tourney with a 9-over 153 in 2016 and was an All-Area first-team selection.
What was the highlight of your season? When my team was undefeated for the season. This was the first year we were undefeated, which made it very special. We really came together as a team and I was really proud of that. It was a very cool moment when our team won districts for the third year in a row, and almost made it to states for the second year in a row. I was very excited to have made it to (individual) states even though I did not get to compete with my team. My team and everyone at Oxbridge were so supportive of me and cheered me on throughout the whole tournament. I had so much fun being a part of the team this year, and I had so much fun competing with such an amazing team.
When did you first start playing your sport? I have always been around the game since I was very young, but I was never very interested in the game. When I was 12, I joined Junior League, which is team golf in a scramble format. This made me fall in love with the game of golf, and drove my decision to want to take golf seriously. I knew it would take a lot of hard work and practice to become successful in golf, but I was and am willing to do the work.
What are your college plans? I am verbally committed to play golf at the University of Florida. I committed at the beginning of October, and it was very exciting for me. I look forward to playing college golf at a high level and at such an amazing school.
Who is the athlete you most admire, and why? The athlete I admire the most is Danielle Kang, who is an LPGA Tour player. I love the way she conducts herself on the course because she is always smiling no matter how she is playing. She has worked extremely hard to be as successful as she is, and I strive to be as successful as she is one day.
What is the song that gets you most pumped up before a game? Golf is an interesting game because you have to calm your nerves down rather then get the adrenaline pumping. My favorite song to listen to before a round is “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled. This song is definitely a pump-up song, but it gives me confidence going into the round.
What’s your favorite social media tool and why? Instagram because it gives you a way to connect with others that you do not see every day. I follow a lot of professional golfers on Instagram, and I enjoy their posts because I can tell how passionate they are about what they do.
What was your favorite movie this year? My favorite movie of the year would definitely be “Wonder Woman.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
Wesley Logsdon, Benjamin: Guided team to fourth place at the Class 1A state tournament. Also won 11th consecutive district title and was a repeat champion at regionals.
Sarah Beqaj, Benjamin, So.: Played a big part in leading the Buccaneers to a fourth-place finish at state. She tied for 14th with rounds of 77-71. Had a hole-in-one on the second day at state.
Taylor Caradonna, Spanish River, Jr.: Averaged 74 during the season, helping Sharks to district and regional championships. Finished 23rd with rounds of 75-79 at state.
Lauren Davenport, Spanish River, So.: After finishing third at districts, she had a round of 75 at regionals and finished tied for 19th at the 3A state tournament with rounds of 74-78.
Alejandra Galla, Jupiter, So.: Was a first-team selection in 2016. Finished tied for 29th at the State 3A tournament with rounds of 79-79. Shot an even-par 72 at regionals.
Brianna Farrell, Jupiter, Sr.: Qualified for the 3A state tournament with a 77 at regionals. At the Class 3A state tournament she finished tied for 29th with rounds of 79-79.
Hannah Foster, Benjamin, Jr.: The Post’s 2016 Player of the Year had another strong season, finishing tied for 12th at state (75-72). Shot a 73 at districts. Her 18-hole average was 76.6.
Haylie Turnquest, Seminole Ridge, So.: Had a solid season, advancing to the 3A state tournament with an even-par 72 at regionals. Tied for 29th at state with rounds of 79-79.
American Heritage: Antonia Herrera, Isabel Herrera, Makenna Rodriguez; Atlantic: Jasmine Ferguson; Benjamin: Jenna Fonda, Sarah Kahn; Cardinal Newman: Frances Melendez-Rodriguez; Donna Klein: Sophia Louis; Dwyer: Abby Garber; Jupiter: Karly Falanga, Isabella Galla; King’s Academy: Catherine Civitella, Jordyn Huberman; Olympic Heights: Jordyn Hunerman; Oxbridge Academy: Bridget Forgatch, Hanna Rizzolo; Park Vista: Tamsyn Butler, Hali Carrabis; St. Andrew’s: Zora Gittens; Seminole Ridge: Stephanie Luma; Spanish River: Krysten Shawah; Wellington: Madisyn Bloom, Sydney Jones.