Eubanks reaps golf honors
Manila High School sophomore Michelle Eubanks has led the way for future lady golfers completing the first season for girls' golf at MHS.
She not only participated, she excelled winning District 3AAA South Tournament Runners-up, Regional Individual Girls' Champ, and finished ninth place at the State Match.
She and team-mate Whitney Veach were the only two lady golfers that signed up for the first year of girls' golf at MHS. Whitney was unable to go to the Regional competition.
Michelle has played around with golf over the last six or seven years but began to take it seriously last summer.
Michelle was excited about being on the first Manila High School Girls Golf team and was surprised to make a Regional and State appearance her first time out.
Her first Regional attempt began at Ridge Point and after eight holes they were "hailed" out of the tournament. She said she was really doing pretty good that day when the weather forced a stop to the competition.
The golfers returned another day to Sage Meadows and started all over again.
Participating golfers at Regionals were from Valley View, Harrisburg, Westside, Corning, Pocahontas and Highland.
Michelle shot a 91 to win the Regional Championship.
"I did not expect it and I was very pleased," Michelle said.
Manila's team had received runner-up in district and Michelle also received runner-up individually.
The state meet was held at Rolling Hills Country Club at Cabot. There were 67 girls competing at the state level.
Michelle said she is very grateful to Manila School for starting the golf team and thankful to Anthony Brewington, her coach. She is looking forward to next year. She hopes that more girls will become interested in high school golf and help build the program for future teams.
Her goal is to make it to the Meet of the Champs. A tournament where the top three golfers from all state meets match-up for tournament play.
She plans to play in several Jr. PGA tournaments this summer and tournaments at Big Lake Country Club. When she is not playing in tournaments, she enjoys "just playing the game of golf and working on her game."
The one draw back about playing golf was Michelle had to give up high school softball. She has played softball for 10 years and does enjoy the game.
In addition to golf, she plays on the MHS basketball team.
Michelle said she enjoys basketball but once you graduate from high school basketball is over. Golf is something you can do for all of your life.
Her sports and club activities keep her very busy.
She serves as State Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America and District President . She is a member of several other high school clubs and the choir. She has been selected to attend the HOBEY Leadership Conference in Fayetteville this summer and will attend the National FBLA Conference in Nashville and the District Officers Training in Searcy.
Even with her busy schedule, Michelle said golf is where you can go, do your own thing and think.
"Golf helps me deal with frustration. You also have to love it because it does take a lot of time and practice," she said. "I think it is worth it."
Michelle is the daughter of Brad and Tonia Eubanks. She said is very grateful to her parents for the support they give her. Her younger brother, Scott, who is six years old, is following in her footsteps and is really beginning to enjoy the game of golf.