Viera golfer Hannah Hall is even better after a strong freshman season

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Like many high school athletes, Viera High School golfer Hannah Hall gained a passion for the sport after playing golf at a young age.

“My dad and grandfather played golf and started taking me to the course. I just got interested through my family,” Hall said. “I think I touched a club when I was two years old, and then I started my first tournament when I was 8 years old.”

Now, years after being a sophomore, Hall has already made a name for herself as one of the top golfers in the area.

As a freshman, she had a dominant year and was named Florida Today All-Space Coast Girls Golfer of the Year for the second year in a row. Her dominance throughout the year helped lead the Hawks to the state championship as Hall placed eighth individually in a field of 96 and shot 75, the lowest score among freshmen at the state meet.

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Hall also won the District 8-3A individual title and tied for fifth in the District 2-3A meet before qualifying for the state tournament.

This year, Hall picked up where she left off last season and continues to put herself at the top of the meet. In an 18-hole event in St. Cloud with five other schools, Hall shot 70 and medaled. In two district meets earlier this season against Eau Gallie and Holy Trinity, Hall finished on top when she shot 32 and 34, respectively.

One reason Hall seems to be in an early rhythm early in the season may be because she is working on her craft even when the high school season is over. Summer vacation is just a break.

“Summer is definitely where I spend the most time playing golf compared to the school year because I play tournament after tournament in the summer,” Hall said. “I feel like just putting in a lot of work over the summer helps get the high school season going.”

The hard work Hall has put in all year does not go unnoticed by those around her. Hall is the perfect example of someone committed to the game of golf, said Karl Gutler, Viera’s girls golf coach.

“By far the most dedicated, the kindest, the sweetest, she’s just the complete package and she’s everywhere,” Gottler said. “It destroys the fields every time it goes out.”

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On September 18, Hall and her fellow Hawks tested themselves when they competed against several top schools in the Central Florida Tournament of Champions held at the Legacy Club in Alaqua Lakes. With a par of 72, Hall shot 77.

This season, Hall and her teammates are aiming to make it back to the state tournament again this year. Hall’s plan to get there doesn’t rely on planning for any particular opponent, but instead focuses on her own game.

“I think just trying to give myself goals to play myself and try to beat myself,” Hall said. “It’s helped me not to focus on what everyone else is doing, so I just try to keep improving what I’m struggling with and practicing my flaws.”

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