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Carpenter and Dansby Named NHSGCA Players of the Year

Alex Carpenter of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Rachael Dansby of Lubbock, Texas, were named 2007 NHSGCA Players of the Year for boys and girls high school golf. This is the third year of the awards program, which honored 26 boys and girls as All-Americans and Players of Achievement.

Carpenter led Arkansas Baptist to the 4A state championship in 2006. He also won the individual championship last year. Alex has earned All-State honors twice. During the summer of 2006, he won numerous tournaments including the Medicus Postseason Junior at Alexandria, which was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). Alex is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. He has done volunteer work with the homeless and with Operation Christmas Tree. Alex is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Future Business Leaders of America.

This past spring, Dansby helped Lubbock Christian School win the 4A district and state championships. She was the individual district champion and runner-up at the state championship. She has earned All-State honors three times and was an NHSGCA All-American last year.  Rachael shot a career low round of 65 in 2007. A member of the National Honor Society, Rachael has tutored other students in chemistry, geometry and algebra. She was junior class vice-president in 2006-07 and president of 4-H. She is a talented musician and singer.

The NHSGCA Awards are selected by section representatives of the National High School Golf Coaches Association. The awards are based on playing ability, academics, citizenship (community activities), and extra-curricular activities (additional school activities).

The NHSGCA is a non-profit professional association for high school golf coaches.  The mission of the association is to provide educational programs and services for high school golf coaches.

Following is a complete list of award winners:

Boys All-America Team

State              Section              Player                              School                          Hometown

Arkansas          6         Adam Carpenter      Arkansas Baptist HS           Little Rock

Arkansas          6         Alex Carpenter        Arkansas Baptist HS           Little Rock

Tennessee        3         Steven Fox              Hendersonville HS           Hendersonville

Arizona             7        Zach Hyer           Chandler Valley Christian HS   Queen Creek

New Hampshire  1    Nathan Kenison-Marvin  Kingswood Regional HS      Wolfeboro

South Carolina   3        Clint Tolleson            Paul M. Dorman HS         Spartanburg

South Carolina   3       Hunter Watkins             Blythewood HS              Blythewood


Boys Players of Achievement

State                    Section               Player                               School                         Hometown

Massachusetts      1            Richie Burke             Newburyport HS             Newburyport

Massachusetts      1         Michael Giansanti            Clinton HS                    Clinton

Connecticut          1       Naveed Khnoshwood       Wilbur Cross HS             New Haven

Ohio                    2          Adam Kuffner        St. Marys Memorial HS         St. Marys

South Carolina      3          Will Ovenden            Paul M. Dorman HS         Spartanburg

Ohio                    2           Jason Rader          St. Marys Memorial HS         St. Marys

Maryland              2         Lewis Schnauble            Winter Mills HS            Westminster

South Carolina      3            Arran Setro             Paul M. Dorman HS         Spartanburg

South Carolina      3              Brad Sill                Paul M. Dorman HS         Spartanburg

Connecticut           1          Geraldo Reyes            Wilbur Cross HS             New Haven


Girls All-America Team

State          Section            Player                                   School                              Hometown

Texas          6           Rachael Dansby      Lubbock Christian School           Lubbock

Nebraska     5             Katie Keiser               Gothenburg HS                  Gothenburg

Maryland      2          Hayley Milbourn       Roland Park Country School       Baltimore

Nebraska      5             Heidi Renter             Fremont Senior High              Fremont

Arizona         7         Cheyenne Woods     Xavier College Preparatory          Phoenix


Girls Players of Achievement

State                   Section            Player                           School                              Hometown

Arizona               7           Alexia Brown      Xavier College Preparatory       Phoenix

South Carolina     3          Taylor Pleier          Paul M. Dorman HS            Spartanburg

Arizona               7          Ashley Smith      Xavier College Preparatory       Scottsdale

South Carolina     3         Taylor Weaver       Paul M. Dorman HS              Spartanburg

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