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Wayne Post
  • Golf: Schmitt eager to impress college coaches

  • Schmitt has already been contacted by several schools including BYU, Georgetown and Seton Hall. The talented Monarch will look to not only land a college scholarship but repeat as the Section 5 and NYSPHSAA Champion in her final year of high school golf.

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  • For Christine Schmitt, the summer is no time to relax. The Pittsford resident and Mercy senior is hitting the road, playing in golf tournaments all over the country.
    Wherever she goes, Schmitt is the subject of plenty of attention from college coaches. Winning a state title tends to draw the interest of coaches - in Schmitt’s case, at all levels of college golf.
    Schmitt has already been contacted by several schools including BYU, Georgetown and Seton Hall. The talented Monarch will look to not only land a college scholarship but repeat as the Section 5 and NYSPHSAA Champion in her final year of high school golf.
    “I have been working on my game pretty closely, just trying to get a few things straightened out,” Schmitt said. “I have been working to get more consistency on my distance. I am hoping to keep gettting better before the high school season.”
    Schmitt played in the AJGA Ravenwood Junior Championship earlier this summer and will play in more AJGA events before September. Earlier this month she played at the 35th Junior North & South Championship at historic Pinehurst Resort, the site of two US Open’s and a Ryder Cup.
    Schmitt opened the state tournament shooting an even-par 72 to take a one shot lead. She blew away the field in the second round shooting a 1-under 71 to win by six shots. She was the only player to shoot under par at the tournament.
    “I knew the course well, it set up well for me because it is shorter and tighter,” Schmitt said. “I felt good after the way I played there last year. This year was much different.”
    Schmitt lost the state tournament by two shots her sophomore year. So when Schmitt came into her junior season with a renewed focus Mercy head coach Julie Odenbach wasn’t surprised.
    Schmitt was a three-time medalist for the Monarchs during the regular season and won the Section 5 tournament during the postseason. Those tough nerves were on display at the Section 5 championship when she got up and down on 16 and 17 to edge teammate Danielle Fuss to win her third straight sectional title.
    In the face of adversity, Odenbach never has to worry about the anchor in her talented lineup. 
    “If she is not doing something well, she will work hard until she gets it,” Odenbach said. “You never see her mood change. Her concentration is excellence. She has always been a hard worker, and played above her age level.”
    Schmitt’s always had a variety of interests, including music. She is a pianist and a member of Mercy’s school band and orchestra. Schmitt also participates in yearbook, math club and Masterminds.
    She played several sports growing up including soccer and basketball. Golf has always been where she has had the most fun athletically.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s an individual sport and it seemed to be a good fit to me,” Schmitt said. “It has been nice to meet other new people. I have had fun (in golf) since I started playing.”
     

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