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Placer High's Hannah Gregg has the drive to succeed at golf

Senior hopes to one day be a pro golfer
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Hannah Gregg has been driving her whole life — on the golf course, that is.


Gregg, a senior at Placer High School and four-year varsity golfer, is hoping her skills on the links can lead to playing professionally.


“I want to play golf in college and after college I want to play in the LPGA; maybe some mini tours,” Gregg said. “That’s my dream.”


The 17-year-old plans on playing next year at a university and said multiple schools are currently recruiting her.


Gregg wouldn’t say which colleges she’s been chatting with, but allowed that she’d love to be golfing in the Southern California area.


“I’m trying to figure it out and get ready for that,” she said. “It’s kind of weird being a senior and having to think about that.”


Gregg, who was the Pioneer Valley League MVP last season, began golfing at the age of 4 when her dad, Scott, brought her out to the course. She’s been playing in Auburn for years.


“I remember being here when I was like 9,” Gregg said Tuesday at the Ridge, after finishing up a round of golf against Whitney High School. “I was so excited I shot 72 on nine holes.”


On Tuesday, Gregg was rather disappointed to shoot a 6-over 42.


That’s because she’s come a long way over the years — and so has her game.

 
Part of the reasoning behind that could be her ideology in believing that a golfer can always improve.


“She’s probably as hard of a worker as anybody I’ve seen come through the ranks,” said Placer coach Carol French, who played collegiate golf at Sacramento State and some LPGA tours. “She plays year-around. … . She’s very dedicated and plays in First Tee events. She has a real desire.”


Gregg likes the challenge of being out on the green.


Of golf, she said, “It’s kind of a competition with yourself than with other people.”


Sometimes, though, competition can come from within her family.


She often plays golf with her brother, Daniel, a sophomore who was the Hillmen boys’ MVP last season as a freshman.


Daniel said he’ll beat Hannah seven out of 10 times. But those other three outings don’t set well with him.


“It’s awkward,” Daniel said of losing to his sister. “It’s depressing.”


Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel