Junior Amelia Tan finished in fifth place in the state, carding a 151 for the tournament, which left her just four shots off first place. Amelia's finish earned her All-State Honors and Athletic Player of the Year. Head Coach Marco Fajardo was named the Independent School League Golf Coach of the Year.
Even though academics is the priority for many Labbies, for Raoul, golf paved the way for her current successes.
“Being on the golf team helped with discipline and holding myself accountable,” she said. “The matches were a team effort, but golf is ultimately an individual sport. Golf helped my mental state and ensured that I don’t take things too seriously. You have good days followed by awful days. That applies to everything in life. We have bad days but there’s always tomorrow.”
Raoul would have played golf in college—had her school had a women’s team. Now a social psychologist after receiving her Ph.D. from Loyola University, Raoul said that her experience at Lab through golf and beyond was integral to her current success.
“Lab really helped prepare me for college and grad school because of the rigorous education,” she explained. “And time management. There was a lot to do. Now, I have a lot to do at my job and it prepared me.”
Icing on the cake for Fajardo? “None of my female golfers are leaving this year! Next year, they want to go home with hardware.” First, second, and third place receive trophies at the State Championships.