GRANGER — Penn will be led at the state golf finals this weekend by junior Deanna Song.
"Deanna Song is one awesome young woman," coach Jimm Garrett boasts.
Awesome on the golf course, and in advanced placement courses. Not only is Deanna Song one of the best golfers in the area, she carries a 4.06 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
"She's the top of her class," says Garret. "A 4.0 student, takes all the advanced classes, involved in several activities at school, national honor society, student council, she's on a lot of academic competition teams. So Deanna's just a very high-achieving girl and she has very high standards for herself."
In addition to competing for Penn, Deanna spent much of the fall competing at the regional & sometimes national level.
"She's a nationally ranked player" Garrett told WSBT.
And as such, she has an opportunity to play in some AJGA events, which is the type of events that most of your college coaches look at."
Song has fared well in these tournaments, too. This past summer, Song made it to the round of 16 at the Western Women's Junior Championship at Knollwood. Playing against the best has helped her become one of the best.
"The players I play with, they're really like a whole level higher than where I feel like I am right now" Song says.
"And I'm just trying to learn from them and see what they do and what I can do to become at their level."
Song feels she's made her biggest strides on the mental side of the game.
"I learned from the better players I played with this summer that, I mean, everybody has bad shots and I need to get over it better and move on."