Senior Samantha Cornelius has swung her way through another successful season and has been named the 2018 News-Press Now Golfer of the Year.
At the end of her junior year season, Cornelius had goals to win every tournament she competes in, win districts and sectionals and finish top five in the state championship. This year she was a medalist in three meets, won every tournament except one, made her way through districts and sectionals, and finished sixth in the state championship.
Cornelius originally started golfing when she was 8 years old with her family and claims that she’s loved it ever since.
“My family used to always play together,” Cornelius said. “I got interested playing with my grandma, my mom and my dad. I’ve just always loved it. It was just really fun to play.”
Cornelius played golf through all four years of high school and managed to work under the instruction of different coaches every year. She feels as if each coach has helped skills.
“I just pushed through,” Cornelius said. “All my coaches I’ve had in the past have supported me throughout my four years of golfing, so that was great.”
Cornelius faced yet another change in leadership this year as first-year coach Chris Crawford stepped into her senior year.
“Sam played very well,” Crawford said. “Her ball striking was beautiful . As the season went on, she got consistent with her putting. Her short game has grown so much and that’s the hardest part.”
In the 2016-2017 season, Cornelius tied for 10th during the state championship. During the 2017-2018 season, she finished seventh. Her continuous improvement for the last three years has led her to be the News-Press Now Golfer of the Year for three consecutive years.
“I wish I could’ve played a little better at state, but it is what it is,” Cornelius said. “Despite what happened, it feels amazing. It’s very exciting to have this title three years in a row.”