Putting Around with Gifted Golfer – Lauren Freyvogel

By: Paula Green 

           Twelve year-old, Lauren Freyvogel of Pine Township has been playing golf for the past seven years.   Her dedication to this sport has paid-off since she has managed to garner numerous accolades.
          Lauren’s story began when she was age five and enrolled in golf lessons at Denise’s Golf Academy in McCandless Township.  “She participated in Denise’s summer junior camps and just loved it.  Denise has done a wonderful job of fostering Lauren’s love of the game, while helping her develop her golfing skills.  My daughter has learned so much from Denise and her positive teaching style,” said Lauren’s mother, Cathy.
        “In August, Lauren won the Middle Atlantic Regional Qualifying Drive Chip and Putt Competition at River Bend Golf & Country Club in Great Falls, Va.  She will advance to the finals of the Drive Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club on Apr. 6.   She will be one of eleven girls competing in her (12-13) age division.
        In July, Lauren won the U.S. Kids Golf (USKG) Pennsylvania State Championship.  She shot even par in the second round.  She also participated in the East College Golf Combine at Ocean City Md.   She placed second in the skills challenge,” said Cathy.
        “Lauren has qualified to compete in the USKG World Championship held in Pinehurst, NC for the past four years.  This is the largest and most prestigious golf event in the world for players 12 and under.  The three-day event attracts over 1,200 participants from across the U.S. and over 30 countries.  This year she shot 80 in the final round of the tournament.  My husband, Brian, is her caddy in these events.”    
          “Lauren’s strengths are driving accuracy and putting.  Her home course is Treesdale Golf & Country Club where she won the junior championship there three times for her age, gender division,” Cathy added.
         Lauren is a seventh grade student at Pine Richland Middle School where she excels in math and is enrolled in Honors Algebra.  Her future aspirations include continuing to play golf.
        “I can’t wait to play on the Pine Richland girl’s golf team.  My goal is to go to Duke and play college golf.  I am looking for a school where I will be challenged to perform my very best on and off the golf course,” said Lauren.
        Besides golf, Lauren is involved in a few other extracurricular activities as well.  “I have been a student at Tammy’s School of Dance in Wexford since 2004.  I take tap, jazz and ballet classes.  I perform in the annual recital.  Next year will be my tenth recital.  I have been a member of the Pine Richland Aquatics (PRA) Swim Team since 2008.  I compete in all four strokes, but butterfly is my favorite stroke,” said Lauren.
       We wish Lauren the best of luck at the Drive Chip and Putt Championship in April, where her mother Cathy, and her father Brian and golf instructor Denise Boeh will all be there cheering her on.