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April 4, 2012

Humphrey keeps golf in perspective

Asbury gets Fairview senior

WESTWOOD — As her 3.99 grade point average can attest, Mariah Humphrey is serious about academics.

Her golf game? That’s more for enjoyment.

The Fairview High School senior is excited about the opportunity to do both on the college level. Humphrey recently signed to attend Asbury University, located just outside Lexington.

“They have only had a golf team for two years,” Humphrey said. “I went up for an academic scholarship visit last fall and fell in love with it.”

Along with a high academic standing, she will graduate with 15 college credit hours and has almost 270 community service hours.     

Humphrey and next-door neighbor Hannah Skaggs will be freshman roommates this fall. Asbury has an enrollment of just over 1,600.

“It’s very family oriented, like the small school I go to,” Humphrey said. “The Christian atmosphere made it feel like home.”

She will major in Pre-Occupational and Pre-Physical Therapy and plans to use the degree to work with autistic children.

In addition to her studies, Humphrey wants to continue improving on the golf course and help coach Steve Rehner’s team.

“He hasn’t watched me compete, but I am suppose to go up some weekend to play with the girls on the team,” she said. “Golf is more of a fun thing with me. I just enjoy playing. It’s a good balance for my school work.”

Humphrey grew up learning about the sport from her father, Jeff, who coached her as a freshman and sophomore at Boyd County.

She transferred to Fairview and sat out her junior golf season before joining the team as a senior.

“Mariah is always smiling, just a great kid,” Fairview coach Ray McKinney said. “She stepped right in as a key part of our team. Laken (McKinney) and Mariah were the anchors.”

Laken, the first State Tournament qualifier from Fairview’s young girls golf program, has already signed with University of Pikeville. The two high school teammates will be crossing paths in college golf as Asbury and UPike are both members of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“That’s a good thing for Fairview, only three years of competing and already two girls with an opportunity to play college golf,” Ray McKinney said. “Mariah is an outstanding person and will be a great asset for Asbury in every aspect.”

Humphrey averaged about 45 for nine-hole rounds last season. She shot 96 at the All “A” State Tournament to finish in the middle of the pack.

When Humphrey is having a rough day on the course, she tries to stay upbeat. At the regional tournament last fall, “it went bad,” she said.

So on the last hole Humphrey pulled a Happy Gilmore, running up and hitting her tee shot.

“It was one of my best shots of the day,” she said. “It probably went 175 or 200 yards.”    

ROCKY STANLEY can be reached at rstanley@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2671.

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