Chapman signs with HawksPublished 10:19am Tuesday, May 27, 2014
MacKenzie Chapman has made history in a year filled with it for Benjamin Russell’s girls golf program.
Chapman signed her National Letter of Intent with Huntingdon College on Friday.
In the process, she became the first female golfer in school history to sign a scholarship with a college or university.
For Chapman and girls coach Mandi Durr, it’s another in a litany of firsts for the Lady Wildcats, who are fresh off their first-ever regional championship and state championship berth.
Chapman added that this presents a new challenge – one she’s always wanted the chance to take on.
“I’m excited. It’s going to be an adventure, and it’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Chapman said. “Now I get to make those dreams a reality, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Chapman has teed off for the maroon and white since the girls golf program’s inception five years ago.
In that time, she became one of the Lady ‘Cats top golfers, as well as a source of leadership for the team.
According to girls golf coach Mandi Durr, Chapman having the chance to play on the college level was something that she and Chapman knew was a tangible goal long before it came to fruition.
“It’s exciting to see that we have our first female golf scholarship awarded to MacKenzie. She’s someone that is a hard worker, she’s dedicated and she’s the first one at practice,” Durr said. “She showed up early and stays late and she worked on her game on the weekends. We talked about this for several years and I told her that this was a possibility, but she had to put her mind to it and she had to want it. That’s what she did.”
For Chapman, she said it all started to come together towards the tail end of this season.
Coincidentally, her improvement walked hand-in-hand with a wave of success by the Lady ‘Cats on the links, who finished runner-up during sectionals and pre-sectionals before claiming the Class 1A-5A South Sub-State title.
“I had my golf game where I wanted it, and my scores were low. I was just waiting for a coach to call,” Chapman said. “When I was given this opportunity, I knew I had to take it and not let it go.”
Now, Durr faces the task of trying to replace one of the most integral parts of the team’s success in 2014.
“It’s going to be hard to replace MacKenzie, to be honest with you,” “She’s a team leader, and that’s been one of her strong points for the past few years of this program. We have four seniors coming back next year, It’ll take four to replace one.”
But for now, Chapman’s last gesture to her team is well-wishes in the future – and satisfaction of their sweet tooth.
“I left the BRHS girls golf team a successful year to come and a wonderful coach with her amazing baking,” Chapman said with a laugh.