It was another banner day for Altoona golfer Gabby Curtis, in Oshkosh she took 1st in the state jr. match play championship, beating Grace Dunn in 19 holes. This just a little more than a week after Curtis competed in the boys state tournament since Altoona doesn't have a girls team. Jenn Chapman has more on the golfing phenom in this weeks Gordy's Athlete of the Week.
Gabby Curtis/Altoona Golfer: “It was kinda like unreal because I didn’t think I would actually do that good but then in the second day I just wanted to work even harder to move my spot up and I was glad I finished in fourth.”
On the second day of the Division 2 State Golf Tournament, sophomore, Gabby Curtis posted the lowest score of the round, securing 4th place. What was more impressive, she was the only female amongst the field of 54 golfers.
Gabby: It definitely pushes me to hit it further. And make more puts because they can definitely get on the green easier than I can.”
Gabby says Dick’s Divot is basically her backyard. Her grandfather owns the range and she says this is where she developed a love for the game.
Dick Butler/Grandfather: “We’re really proud that she’s been able to take advantage of this opportunity and use the practice range and I think if it wasn’t for her dad’s coaching she wouldn’t be where she’s at now.”
All the hours spent on the range have paid off as Gabby has claimed two straight conference player of the year awards. Playing with the opposite sex has provided motivation to Gabby, her teammates, and her competitors.
Gabby: “I know that I have to step up my game to compete with them but they are probably a little taken back that I can hit it just as far as them.
Erik Weiss/Altoona Golfer: “Because she is a girl, it kind of pushes you and motivates you to do better every day and because she’s played for so long. She’s so knowledgeable about the sport.”
Nick Larson/Altoona Golfer: “Well I think it’s added a lot of diversity and other teams like they look up to our team and it’s kind of intimidating having a girl first in the conference on our team.”
Dalton Herman/Altoona Golfer: “I think her consistency and her confidence has really helped our team because she always has a smile on her face when she’s golfing and she’s always hitting her shots very consistent.”
And with another two years left in high school, Gabby hopes to claim the boys golf state title before she leaves. For Athlete of the Week, Jenn Chapman, SportScene13.