Sami Spencer ended her high school golfing career with a statement.
Although her team didn’t prevail in the North-South All-star game, Spencer proved to be the bright spot for the South team. Spencer was the sole athlete on the entire roster to win in single match play. Spencer was undefeated in her three rounds.
“It’s never a good feeling to come away with a team loss, but I felt like I did my part as well I as could do it,” said the Carolina Forest High School senior, who will play for USC Sumter next year. “I worked really hard and all of the girls competing were at their highest level, so it was tough, but the whole experience was worth it.”
A four-year starter for the Panthers, Spencer’s success in the all-star contest didn’t surprise her coach, Russ Brown.
“Sami has worked really hard these last few years and I knew this year she was going to do well,” he said. “She has improved her game in so many ways, and it’s always great to see hard work pay off.”
Spencer said her favorite part of playing in the all-star tournament was seeing her peers from across the state.
“I know people are going to say this is so girly, but we got to stay in the course mansion as a team, so it was just fun being with girls I’d competed against and played with for the last six or seven years and be in this nice big house on a beautiful lake,” she said. “It is probably something I’ll never forget. Stoney Point Greenwood was a really fun course to play on and I hope I get to play it again soon.”
Spencer was one of just three girls from Horry County to play in the tournament. Mary Kate Richardson from Aynor and Jordan White from St. James also made the all-star roster.
“It’s an honor for Sami to have been chosen and it really is just the final chapter on a great high school career,” Brown said. “I think this is going to set her up to really springboard into college golf, and I’m looking forward to seeing her succeed on any level that plays. She has great determination and she’s one of those people that works hard and is finally seeing those results everywhere. We are going to miss her at Carolina Forest, but she is going to be great at Sumter.”