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Habeel wins state youth golf tourney

Conyers native Ayanna Habeel won the GSGA state title in the 12-13 girl’s division. (Special photo).

Conyers native Ayanna Habeel won the GSGA state title in the 12-13 girl’s division. (Special photo).

A local athlete became a state golf champion recently.

Ayanna Habeel won the state championship in the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Sectional Challenge at The Landings Golf Course in Savannah recently. Habeel, an eight grader at Edwards Middle School, captured the title in the girls’ 12-13 division after the two-day event.

Habeel’s best work on the course came in her first round of play where she shot a 34 in nine holes. She birdied on holes four, five and seven (a 387-yard, par-4), shot even par on five other holes and her lone bogey came on the second hole.

Though she did struggle during her second nine holes of play, including bogeying on three holes, Habeel shot even par four times and had a birdie on the eighth hole (102-yard, par 3) to help the Conyers native finish with a 43 and 77 overall (plus-seven) for the tournament.

Habeel won the event by two strokes over Eujin Pyon, who shot a 79.

“I really enjoyed traveling to Savannah to play in the GSGA junior sectional with girls from all over Georgia,” said Habeel. “This win was special because I’ve been working really hard to become a better golfer. My parents always tell me that if work hard in the class room and on the golf course I will continue to have success.”

The GSGA, founded in 1916, is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving the game of golf and its membership of nearly 350 Member Clubs and their 73,000 members. For more information, visit gsga.org.