Sizemore signed an athletic and academic scholarship Thursday with Young Harris, which plays a NCAA Division II schedule in the Peach Belt Conference.
John Howard, girls golf coach and athletic director at Woodland, said in addition to being the top golfer with the program she also was its unquestioned leader who helped guide her younger teammates to their region championship just this week.
“She’s been an extremely hard worker the four years she’s been with Woodland,” Howard said. “She spends every second working on her game. She has a real passion for it.”
The coach said Sizemore has done more than turn in top scores — she was the low medalist at the Region 5-AAAAA golf tourney just this week, firing an 89 and earning a chance to compete at state next month.
“She was a great leader,” he said. “She’s the only senior on the team and did a great job taking freshmen and mentoring them and helping them with their play.”
Howard credited that work with helping MaKayla Knuchel, the Woodland freshman golfer who turned in the second lowest score in the tournament with a 100. He said she led the team to its 10-0 regular season record.
Sizemore said she is hoping to extend her golf career at Young Harris while getting an education.
She said she spoke with Young Harris golf coach Brett Beazley last year and then visited the school.
“It was great school-wise and sports-wise,” she said. “I fell in love with it and decided to go there.”
While at Woodland, Sizemore improved her scores in the region tournament each year.
Her freshman year she placed No. 7, then moved up to the No. 6 position as a sophomore and to No. 5 her junior year.
She turned in the best score in the region tournament earlier this week and said there were several reasons for the improvement.
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