Kelly Whaley: She's No Ordinary Freshman
Farmington High School's Kelly Whaley is the All-Courant golfer of the year. (CLOE POISSONemail@example.com / July 6, 2012)
COACH: George DeVita
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Won New England, state and conference titles. …Shot a four-over 78 at Orange Hills CC to win individual state championship and lead Farmington to a second-place finish. …Had scoring differential of 0.8 and stroke average of 36.7 this year. ... Earned medalist honors in 10 matches. …Low round of the year was a 35, shot multiple times. … At age 14, was the second youngest player to win the Connecticut Women's Amateur last summer.
WHALEY SAID: “Since it was my first year, I was a little nervous. I didn't expect to medal every time, but I also didn't expect myself to shoot high every time. I thought I'd be somewhere in the middle. ... It definitely was a little different because I knew the team was counting on me, so there was a little more pressure. ... I made a couple of bets with my dad to meet my goals of winning conference, winning states, getting player of the year and winning New Englands. ... My favorite moment of the year was probably getting the double-eagle because it was my first match and I was nervous and I had started out really badly. It was cool because it was my first one and not many people get it.”
DEVITA SAID: “I've only had her for one year in high school, but I've actually known her since she was 10 or 11 years old. She is very focused and goes about her business, knows what she has to work on, but goes about achieving her goals without much fanfare. She's very humble and dedicated. …The one thing that separates her is her determination to get better. She has the ability to bounce back from adversity with the right attitude, desire and work ethic. A lot of people have talent, but her X-factor is the ability to bounce back.”
UP NEXT: Will continue her high school career at the IMG Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. “I'm so excited; I'm looking forward to more discipline. I haven't really had that much practice in a day, since they do like five hours every day, so it will be a good way to pick up more skill.”
IN 10 YEARS: “I'm definitely hoping to play in college down south. ... I don't know if I want to play on Tour yet, because I think a lot of that depends on how I do next year. ... If not golf, I'd always thought about med school and always wanted to be a doctor.”
MISCELLANEOUS: Favorite course ever played is PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. ... Favorite Connecticut course is Twin Hills CC in Coventry. ... Would like to play Pebble Beach one day. ... Low 18-hole score is a 67, at a tournament at Twin Hills last year. ... Played forward for Farmington basketball in the winter. … Sister, Jennifer was a senior on the team and will play at Quinnipiac next year. … Mom, Suzy was the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event in 58 years when she made the Greater Hartford Open field in 2003. … Dad, Bill is the general manager of the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.