Ayanna Habeel of Lithonia finished the 2012 golf season in the top 25 for her age group after competing in the Doral Publix Junior Classic in Miami, Fla. Dec. 17-19, 2012.
Ayanna, 12, shot an 86 and 87 in the three-day event, playing on the legendary Great White Course. She finished the season ranked No. 25 in her age group.
The Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic is the premier tournament for junior golf. Junior golfers from around the world participate in the tournament. Contestants not only have to be accomplished golfers, but they must demonstrate academic excellence in the classroom.
Ayanna said playing in the golf classic was a fun experience.
“I was able to play with some kids that I played with last year,” she said. “And, I met new people.”
She added that she was happy with how her season ended.
“I was able to play on different courses and go to the championship,” she said.
In September, Ayanna received the 2012 Player of the Year 9-Hole Open Girls 7-18 award and the All Atlanta Junior Golf Team award after finishing the season 6-0. She practices at the Druid Hills Golf Course.
Ayanna, who played a nine-hole course in the 2012 season, will move up to play 18 holes next season. She said she is excited about playing 18 holes.
“Just knowing that if I mess up on the front nine I can improve on the back nine with my score,” she said.
She said her goal for next season is to focus more on the game.
“I’ll work on some things that I might be good at but, need to improve so I can be excellent at it,” she said.