Gabby Kano, an 8th grader, has fought her way back to competitive golf. Gabby was forced to lay down her club’s, because of a back injury that doctor’s said, might end her golf career. Being a fighter, Gabby and her parent’s sought out a 2nd opinion. The Dr. said that it might be possible for Gabby to return, in time, to the game she loved. The doctor, recommended an extended rest, that would be followed by physical therapy. Her response to the program would determine her ability to get back on the golf course. As expected, Gabby was heartbroken, and wondered if she could beat the odd’s. She followed the program and through her coach, she found, Josh Loyo, owner of ForeFitness Golf. Josh is a Physical Therapist and is a well known TPI Coach (Titleist Performance Institute). Time passed and the 8th grader and Josh worked hard to improve strength and flexibility to her back. After a year, Gabby was cleared to chip and putt and finally work up to hitting soft wedge’s.
This past weekend, Gabby, competed in her second event (she withdrew after 14 hole’s because of a concerned feeling about her back) at Willowick GC and won first place in the Girl’s 12-14 Age Group. Gabby, shot an 80 and was tied with Milan Nguyen. Gabby won the card-off with a +2 over par on the back nine. Gabby’s perseverance and Josh’s, guidance got her back to her coach, George Pinnell, who was excited to have her back pursuing her dream’s of playing golf.
Bella Yang, tied for 9th place in the same division as Gabby. In the Girls 9-11 Division, Bridget Chantharath, shot a 48 and finished in a tie for 8th place. Alice Zhao, shot a 50 and finished in 10th place. The girl’s who are on the young side of the 9-11 division, are somewhat handicapped by their size and experience. Bridget and Alice’s coach, George Pinnell, explained that they would have to be patient and wait for the growth and strength that will come as they get older, by each month. They will gain more experience and the good skill set’s that they both currently have, will translate into longer, accurate shot’s that will be able to put them into a position to have a chance to win. It is a process, Pinnell always say’s.
In the Boys 12-14 Division, Peter Hu, tied for 22nd with his 93.
At the Harding Spring Classic, Alesia Barry, shot 46 in the Girls 9-11 Group, and finished in 10th place. Alice Zhao, shot 49 and Bridget Chantharath, shot 50, to finish 15th and 16th.
Congratulation’s to Gabby for not only her victory but for the fight in her that enabled her to get back to the game she love’s.