PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Savannah Haque of Rochester Hills is Top 15-and-under Girl
FARMINGTON HILLS –
Savannah Haque worked hard with her wedges in 2017 and good results followed.
Haque, a Rochester
Hills resident and sophomore at Rochester High School, is the 2017 Golf
Association of Michigan 15-and-under Girls Player of the Year, Ken Hartmann,
senior director of rules and competitions, announced today.
“I’m kind of amazed
I won because I didn’t think I was in the running,” she said. “I didn’t play in
that many GAM tournaments, but I was very happy with my golf season. I was able
to get some wins and top threes. It was my goal for the summer to play my best,
and I did that.”
Haque is the final
age group Player of the Year for 2017 to be announced by the GAM. Previously
announced were Tom Werkmeister of Grandville and Aya Johnson of North Muskegon
as the men’s and women’s players of the year, Randy Lewis of Alma and Julie
Massa of Holt as the top seniors, Rick Hagenbach of South Lyon as the top super
senior (age 65-plus), Patrick Sullivan of Grosse Pointe and Mikaela Schulz of
West Bloomfield as the top juniors and Brockton English of Shelby Township as
the top 15-and-under boy.
The winners will
receive their awards in the spring at the GAM’s annual meeting. Honorees are
determined based on the GAM Honor Roll, which awards points for tournament
Haque, who won the
GAM 14-and-under Match Play Championship and is a GAM member through the
Oakland University Golf & Learning Center, collected 560 Honor Roll points.
She finished just ahead of Anci Dy of Traverse City and Traverse City West High
School, who collected 553 points. Anci’s sister Anika, Allison Cui of Okemos
High School and Nicole Whatley of Northville and Fox Hills Learning Center
rounded out the top five. Complete honor roll lists can be found at gam.org
under the championships tab.
Haque is the
youngest of three daughters of Zahir and
Yasmina Haque. Her sister Veronica, who is also a regular GAM player, is a
freshman golfer at Oakland University. She said having sisters who play golf
(Jazmin, Veronica) has helped her become a better golfer.
sisters definitely pushed me to work at golf, and my parents have been so
supportive of me playing in tournaments and practicing,” she said.
travels with Veronica to DeWitt Golf Center periodically to work with PGA
teaching professional Jamie Wiest, said the highlights of her year included
winning the 14-and-under Match Play and finishing second in the Michigan High
School Athletic Association’s Division 1 state championship tournament to Anika
“The work on my
short game and my wedges really helped me improve through the year,” she said.
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