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‘Little sister’ Wittner enjoys golf experience

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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:22 pm

In one round of golf, Michayla Wittner became a little sister.

The 15-year-old high school sophomore was the only teenage girl to participate in the amateur portion of the 48th annual Intercollegiate Golf Championship at the Paradise Point Golf Course on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, April 5 and 6.

Partnered with players from Webber University in Florida, she showed the college boys she had some game, and her light personality helped put the players at ease during the competition.

“They called me their adopted little sister, so they’re my adopted big brothers,” Wittner said.

Her amateur team came in fourth place, just one shot out of third.

“It was a lot of fun. I had a great learning experience with all the college guys,” Wittner said. “I know that with a lot more coaching and a lot more help that I can get to their level.”

Wittner said her highlight came on her very first hole of the day.

“I usually don’t par the first hole I play. Usually, that’s my worst hole,” Wittner said. “But, I did par the first hole I played during the tournament. That was kind of fun.”

She said some people may underestimate her, so she gets pleasure out of hitting the ball straight down the middle on her very first drive.

“I can embarrass people. People are always amazed by my drives, and they tell me they’re embarrassed now because they can’t hit the ball that straight,” Wittner said.

Along with golf, Wittner also plays soccer and runs cross country. She knows to improve in golf, she needs to work on her putting and chipping.

“I need to improve my short game a lot. I’m not going to lie. That’s what hurts a lot of my scores,” Wittner said. “I hope to be looked at by some more colleges and hopefully get a scholarship.”

Wittner admits to liking sushi and old-style rap music. She’s a recent National Honor Society nominee who is taking honors classes at Southwest Onslow High School while also participating in choir. She’s thinking of a future in sports medicine or maybe mechanical engineering.

Her father, Michael, is the golf coach at Southwest Onslow, while her mother, Theresa, is the historian at Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Wittner was a member of the first ever Southwest Onslow girls golf team and has just one goal for the immediate future.

“I want to keep our girls golf team going,” Wittner said. “I don’t want it to be a one-time shot.”

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