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Schubert on the rise

Sophia Schubert already has been offered a golf scholarship by The University of Tennessee.

She’s only a rising sophomore, but talented enough to easily win the Class A/AA state title last fall as a freshman.

“It’s a top school in the country, and I’ve always loved the Tennessee program … and I’m leaning towards it a little bit,” Schubert said. “It’s just so flattering to be offered and I’m excited.”

“I’m also interested in Alabama and Vanderbilt,” added Schubert, who also said the Polo ranking service places her No. 99 in the world among girls 18-and-under.

“UCLA has contacted me — the other day, actually, so that kinda got me to thinking a little more to look at other schools. I want to go to a college that’ll help me become a better player so I can go pro.”

With Jefferson County’s Kendall Martindale dropping off the rankings and heading to college, “In August I’ll be first in the state [18-and-under],” Schubert said.

Schubert, 15, has qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals in Chicago, Ill. (18-and-under). “I shot 73 and I made it,” she said. “I had never made it before … this is the tournament I really wanted to get into this summer.

“When I got in I was so happy, so excited,” she added. “I cannot wait to go.”

Among three top-five national finishes in American Junior Golf Association, Schubert’s best finish was a second-place one in Georgia.

Despite her freshman success, Schubert said she’s “matured a little, and I make better decisions on the course. With my short game [near] the greens, maybe I would pick the wrong club to hit and that definitely affected me.

“Now I pick the right club and I get closer to the hole, and I can make the putt easier,” she added. “I know more about my game, and more what to look for on the course and where to hit it.”

As a result, “My short game’s gotten a little better,” she said.

However, “I feel like my putting has to get a whole lot better,” Schubert said. “If I just practiced more, I think that would help a lot.”

Schubert said her average driving range is about 250 yards, adding she’s “gotten a lot stronger, and that’s helped a lot. I’m hitting all of my clubs longer and it’s helpful on the course. … My swing speed has increased.” Schubert said she wants to gain “about 10 yards a year” in driving


This Lady Warrior uses a Scotty Cameron putter, Callaway irons and driver, Cleveland wedges and TaylorMade fairway woods. Her ball is Titleist.

“I really love Callaway irons, I love the feel of them,” Schubert said. “My wedges, I love Cleveland.”

Team-wise, sophomore Emery Ward returns for her sophomore season at CAK, while freshmen Kaylan Boling, “won the state junior amateur for her age” in early July, said Shane Wells, Lady Warriors golf head coach.

(Other possible team members were being determined in tryouts at deadline)


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