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D'Iberville golfer fulfills dream, commits to Mississippi State

SUBMITTED 
 D'Iberville junior Hannah Levi has committed to play golf at Mississippi State. Levi won the Class III Girls Golf State Championship as a sophomore last season.
SUBMITTED D'Iberville junior Hannah Levi has committed to play golf at Mississippi State. Levi won the Class III Girls Golf State Championship as a sophomore last season.

Driving to Starkville on Monday, Hannah Levi hoped she knew what the day's visit might include. She had even envisioned it on the trek north but didn't want to get her hopes up just yet.

The D'Iberville Warrior began turning heads on the golf course going all the way back as a seventh grader. As a freshman, Levi placed second in the Class III Girls Golf State Championship. This year, as a sophomore, she one-upped herself and won it.

Last weekend she put together another impressive showing when she shot an 8-under to win the Future Tour Championships in Greenville by a whopping 10 strokes.

Mississippi State took notice of Levi's accomplishments and offered her a scholarship during her visit Monday -- which she promptly accepted.

"It was a bolt of excitement running through me," she said Thursday. "I came back as soon as (MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm) said it and said, 'I'd love to come play for you.' Just a lot of excitement."

The daughter of a MSU graduate, Levi said the fit was too perfect to pass up.

"We had talked to the coach a little bit but I wasn't sure if she was going to ask me that day. (When she did), I committed on the spot. My mom went there and I just love Mississippi State," Levi said. "That was pretty much a dream school for me. To get to go there is pretty amazing."

If there's a golf equivalent to being a gym rat, that's Levi. Since she discovered her love of golf, it's been hard to keep Levi away from the course. She a perfectionist who spends hours on the course daily, perfecting her swing, her drive, her putting; anything that needs tweaking.

"She was determined from a really young age. She was always placing in tournaments, even when it was all boys and her," said Levi's mother, Kathryn Sigurnjak. "She has always been on that path."

It helps that Levi doesn't consider the work actual "work." Her passion for the game, she said, is what motivates her to get back out on the course daily.

"I love to practice and I love the game, so it's not really a problem wanting to practice," Levi said. "I like to be out there as much as possible to work on every part of my game."

So, what is it that makes Levi a collegiate golfer?

"My ball striking is my biggest strength, my swing. Everything is really now just coming to be one big strength," she said. "My putting has probably improved the most, just how far it's come the past few months."

With two more years of high school before she enrolls at MSU, there's no telling just how good Levi will be once she steps foot in Starkville.

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