Stewart named 2001 SDGA Junior Female Golfer of Year

Stewart named 2001 SDGA Junior Female Golfer of Year by Jim Prosser Allison Stewart, 17, daughter of Chuck and Noreen Stewart, and a junior at Vermillion High School, has been named 2001 South Dakota Golf Association Junior Female Golfer of the Year.

She received the following correspondence, dated Oct. 31, from the executive director of SDGA: "On behalf of the South Dakota Golf Association, I would like to congratulate you on your selection as the 2001 SDGA Junior Female Golfer of the Year. There were many fine candidates in contention for this award. However, your accomplishments accumulated the most points and you stood out among your peers."

A member of the Tanager girls' golf team since she was an eighth grader, Stewart was an integral participant as she qualified for the state tournament last spring, finishing seventh at the Class A tourney in Spearfish. Her successes in high school competition continued during the summer, as she entered the KELO/Parline Junior Golf Tournaments Tour. She placed first in her age group at Watertown and Mitchell, second at Brandon and Brookings (tour of champions), and third at Yankton.

She also won her age group at the Springfield Junior Open and The Bluffs Women's Championship in Vermillion. To top off the summer golf programs, Stewart placed second in the SDGA Junior Championship in Sioux Falls. She also participated in the SDGA Two-Woman Team Tourney in Vermillion with her partner Carrie Plate, where they placed fourth.

On the national competitive scene, Stewart entered the Westfield Junior PGA tour where she placed first in the qualifier in Sioux City, IA, first in the section championship in Lincoln NE, and finally finished 26th in the National Championship Finals at Westfield, OH.

Stewart is a well rounded student athlete, competing with the state tournament bound Tanager girls' basketball team and as a member of the VHS volleyball team. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, is on the honor roll and a member of the Vermillion High School Renaissance Club. In an unselfish act of repaying for her successes in golf, Stewart spent some of her summer helping out with the junior golf program at The Bluffs in Vermillion.

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