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Matt Ellis, Associate Editor

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Senior and girls golf captain Sam Lannon’s dedication and mental strength have allowed her to jump to the number one ranked position on the team.

“Golf is mentally one of the most challenging sports. It will test your character and expose your weaknesses. Sam not only faces these challenges head on, but always does so honorably and with unwavering character,” varsity coach Jamie Bare said.

After learning how to play with her grandparents the summer before her freshman year, Lannon tried out for the team and has only grown since, finishing second at the county Championships this year after shooting 91.

“Overall I was happy with my performance in counties,” Lannon said, “It was a good experience to play against really strong competitors.”

Her positive attitude goes unmatched, senior and co-captain Abby Shimanek said.

“Even when she’s having a bad day, she’s always saying, ‘Come on guys, keep your heads up,’” Shimanek said, “I tell her to be negative sometimes because she’s always so positive.”

As a captain, she has embraced her role as a leader, helping younger players who are new to the game.

“She is willing to help others, sharing techniques that she has learned throughout her time playing golf. Her goal is to make everyone else better,” Bare said.

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