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Eastwood junior golfer Leigh Snyder wanted to thank a few people for helping her earn the 2016 Northern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year Award.

There was Eagles golf coach John Cavendish along with her aunt, Sue Ditman, who taught Leigh how to golf at an early age. Snyder also did not want to forget her swing coach of the last five years, Claire Batista.
“My aunt got me started in golfing,” Snyder said, “but my swing coach is the one who got me to where I am.”
The NBC uses a point system to determine its player of the year. The computer calculates points and averages throughout the season, which culminated with the NBC tournament on Sept. 19 at Green Hills in Clyde. Snyder shot a 97 to take second place behind Rossford senior Alexis Schultz at the event.
Snyder finished ahead of Schultz in the overall point system, and Eastwood would up fifth as a team. The Eagles have just one senior this year in Samantha Royal.
“Going into that match (at Green Hills) there were four or five of us tied in the points,” Snyder said. “I was up there with a couple of seniors and I honestly didn’t think I was going to get (player of the year). Being able to end up with it was really cool for me and showed how much I improved from my sophomore year.”
Cavendish said Snyder, who had a 48.9 average against league competition, has been a totally different golfer than she was in 2015.
“I kept telling her at the NBC tournament, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let one bad hole mess up your whole day,’ ” Cavendish said. “That’s where she’s grown this year. The hardest shot is the shot after you hit a bad one. She’s learned how to control her emotions and not let a bad situation become a worse situation.”
Cavendish said Snyder improved her game by playing a lot of summer tournaments and competing in the Toledo Girls Junior Golf Association.
“Her mental game, she doesn’t get rattled with that one bad shot,” Cavendish said. “She can get rattled — everybody does — but she can come back from it.”
Snyder said her aunt Sue got her golfing at age 6, and she has been golfing competitively since the summer before her freshman year. Snyder said she embraced the sport because it challenged her mind as well as her aim.
“Golf is not just a physical sport.” she said. “It is more of a mental sport than anything. You have to stay calm and collected and get to know what works best for you.”
Snyder admitted she can have “a really bad temper” and she enjoys showing her power off the tee. She entered this season looking to improve her short game, and she never takes time off.
“Once the season stops, I don’t,” Snyder said. “I take winter lessons. I do some things at home. I’m always practicing in some way. I’ve learned to keep calm better and I don’t let things get to me the way they used to.”
Snyder was Eastwood’s No. 2 player last year behind senior Jenne Benier, who is now playing at Lourdes University. Cavendish said Snyder stepped into the No. 1 spot this season and has improved four to five strokes from a year ago.
“She is very coachable,” Cavendish said. “She does whatever I ask her to do. She’s funny and witty and has a dry sense of humor, and she’s a real good student.”
Snyder is nearing her second year in the Troy Township Explorer program, which works with fire departments and EMS groups. Snyder said the program helps prospective firefighters and rescue workers determine if that is the line of work they want to pursue.
“You basically learn how to be a fireman,” Snyder said. “You put the gear on and go into burning buildings. My dad has been a volunteer fireman in Troy Township since 1999, so I grew up around it my whole life. I like the idea of risking my life to help someone else.”
As for her golf game, Snyder said she played better than she expected this season and she is excited to see what next year holds for her.
“I will put a lot more effort into it this year,” Snyder said, “and see what happens next year.”
In what Cavendish called a “tough sectional” that included “howling winds,” Snyder shot an uncharacteristic 50-51—101 at the Fostoria County Club Division II sectional and did not advance to districts. She finished 20th out of 72 golfers.

 

 

 

 

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