Athletes of the Week: Gabby Curtis and Thomas Longbella


(MGN Online)

A field of 350 juniors competed in the Junior Championship at Brown Deer Park and Dretzka Park Golf Courses in the Milwaukee area.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Last week in Milwaukee Gabby Curtis and Thomas Longbella took on the states best junior players and were victorious,both winning the Wisconsin Junior PGA Championship. They now will head to the national tournament in Texas later this month. Longbella is excited at the opportunity.

"Those tournaments will probably be the biggest tournaments I will play in my life. They will be an great experience for whatever I will have in the future and hopefully I can play my game there and not do anything out of the ordinary I guess."

Curtis is also excited about heading to the tournament.

"I mean it is the best out of the whole United States and we have already booked our hotel and flights. It's me and my mom going, so we are pretty excited."

For Longbella it was a continuation of his great play at the state tournament, where he won the division three title as sophomore.

"I kind of got a glimpse of it my freshman year and to go down there my sophmore year I knew what was going on and I knew the lay of the land and I knew I had a chance to win"

Gabby Curtis is headed to Wisconsin in the fall and is excited for her future with the Badgers..some of which she competed with at the state junior PGA.

"You get to know them and we have been playing together for a long time, so it is nice we are good friends and I think it will be an easy transition into college."

As for Thomas Longbella, he has not decided where he will head to school..but Gabby Curtis thinks Wisconsin wouldn't be a bad place him to land.

"I think it would be neat if we went to the same school coming from the same area, but he has a lot of choices which is nice too"

While Longbella is fine with keeping his options open.

"Stick to what I am doing, don't be thinking about that too much. I think a lot of kids, once they think about where they are going or where they are going, they are like "I already have it in the bag and I don't need to do anything more"

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