golf for three years, twelve-year-old Kendel Abrams of New Freedom,
Pennsylvania has made her mark on and off the golf course. She practices
one or two days a week of golf year round. Kendel developed an interest
in golf while watching her older brother Khalil play.
Playing on his high school golf and tennis team, Khalil recently participated
in the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head,
SC. He was one of 51 students selected around the country out of 200
First Tee chapters.
Kendel is no stranger to competition and she reaps the rewards of hard
play. A spirited player, this July she won first place, with a 48, in
the 2012 Jimmy Flattery Jr. Golf Tournament making it her third time
winning the event (2010 and 2011). This year, nothing stood in her way
as she took the Girls 11 title with a 40 at the US Kids Golf Tournament
at Kimberton Golf in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Kendel was also awarded
Player of the Year for the US Kids Philadelphia North Spring Tour.
work to stay in the rankings is not as easy as some may believe. Kendel
has overcome many obstacles throughout her tournaments and practice
rounds. She's played in rain, wind, low and high temperatures, yet continues
to maintain her dedication to be on top.
So how does she do it? She has her priorities in golf right on target.
She manages her time and studies and regularly participates in local
clubs and organizations. She belongs to The First Tee Baltimore and
Clifton Park Junior Golf Program in Baltimore, Maryland. Surrounded
by mentors and strong positive role models, Kendel has terrific examples
to guide her to success.
Kendel has a wide range of interests and she and her brother were selected
as Junior Course Reporters for the PGA's Champions Tour at TPC Potomac
in 2010. During this time she had the pleasure of interviewing several
distinguished golfers including Fred Couples, Tom Watson and PGA Commissioner
Tim Finchem in addition to provided blogs for two days on the PGA website:
Besides golf, she is active in other sports and enjoys playing basketball
and soccer. She has strong musical skills and plays the cello for her
Kendel is an all-around high achiever in school and is consistently
on the honor roll. She was selected as a 2012 Carson Scholar who excels
academically and is dedicated to serving the community. In fact, she
was one of 114 students selected throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In addition
to all of this, she was honored for her accomplishments and commitment
by the Southern York County School District Board of Directors in May.
all the talent and skill Kendel is demonstrating at her young age. You
can bet, it won't be much longer before she's a household name. Keep
an eye on this young lady.
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