If the brain behind the swing is his tool to success, George Markham’s future looks pretty bright after Sunnyslope High School. This soon to be Oredigger is trading in the hot Arizona sun for a cooler fall and much colder winter. George will be attending the Colorado School of Mines after the summer comes to an end to become an engineer. If carrying a 4.2 grade point average and graduating with honors isn’t enough, he has played baseball and golf all four years for the Vikings.
Last season George kicked off 2014 with a win at The New Year’s Shootout and proceeded to finish in the top-ten six out of his last 9 events. He said, “I love that with golf, I can always compete with myself to improve…” and followed with, “…it’s also always fun to beat my dad.” His mother Corrine had this to say, “He honed his skills through all of those [JGAA] summer tournaments and is so fortunate to continue to play competitively in college. No matter what, golf will always be a huge part of his life and his way to relax.” George’s parents are thrilled to see him attend the Colorado School of Mines for engineering and feel, “…his possibilities are truly endless.” There does not appear to be much standing in George’s way but I’m sure whatever barriers come about, he will certainly handle with ease.
A proud member of the Pride golf team at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee, Lauren Blumears is off to Las Cruces to attend New Mexico State University this fall. She will be playing golf for the Aggies and certainly is no stranger to fierce competition. Lauren played in nine JGAA tournaments last season and finished in the top-ten seven times, including two T-3 finishes and a win at the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Championship. When asked about her favorite part of the game, she responded with, “It is all down to you, you decide how much to prepare and it reflects in your game.” Lauren also loves golf because she can meet people that she normally would not meet anywhere else; this is rather apparent when you meet her, a shining personality and no one out-smiles Lauren Blumears in the JGAA events.
After college is all said and done, if she isn’t playing on the LPGA Tour Lauren would love to be a Sports Psychologist. Golf is Lauren’s only sport but certainly not her only hobby; reading and traveling are atop the activity list for her when she is not on the course. Lauren will not have to travel far to Las Cruces but certainly with her intellect and positive attitude, she will soar to new heights.
By Zac Strohfus, Communications Manager, Junior Golf Association of Arizona
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Zac combines his knowledge of media with his passion for the game of golf to encourage junior golfer growth and lifelong development. After three years as a Head Golf Professional in Idaho, Zac went back to school and earned his degree from Boise State University in Media Production.