Posted: 6:03 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

All-Area Girls Golf: Caroline Araskog, Benjamin



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Caroline Araskog, senior at The Benjamin School. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

By Alyssa Barbieri

Special to The Palm Beach Post

For Benjamin senior Caroline Araskog, there was no better way to end her high school golf career than with an appearance at the state meet. While Araskog had made the trip to state four times to compete individually, getting to compete as a team for the first time since her freshman year was the highlight.

Araskog tied for fourth with a 2-under (74-68 — 142) in the Class 1A Finals, while Benjamin came in seventh overall with 323-308 – 631.

“This year was different because I had my entire team with me and it was kind of like my last hurrah,” she said. “I really wanted to go out with a bang. I think it made the experience more exciting and special. It was more about enjoying my last time out there.”

In her four years at Benjamin, Araskog has developed not only as a player but as a teammate, as well, which is something she’s truly grown to love and it’s shown in her game.

“My golf got a little better because of the girls surrounding me,” she said. “Overall I’ve developed more as a team player.”

It’s no surprise that off the greens, Araskog’s interests consist of outdoorsy and athletic activities, such as wakeboarding and tennis, as well as some community service. But people may not realize that behind her competitive face on the course, she’s just a goofball at heart.

“I may come off as serious, but I have my moments,” she said.

Araskog, who has committed to Princeton, intends to play college golf. The Northeast native is eager to return to her northern roots, as well as attending and competing at the Ivy League school.

“I’m looking forward to having a quality education, as well as compete at the collegiate level,” she said. “Also as a team, I love the team. They’re all a great group of people. I look forward to playing with them. I’m just excited for the whole college experience.”

FIRST TEAM

Alexa Hammer

American Heritage, junior

Tied for 20th at 1A state meet with 8-over 152 score.

Alexa Popowitz

St. Andrew’s, Junior

Shot even-par 144 at 1A state meet to finish in seventh place

Mary Janiga

American Heritage, Jr.

Tied for sixth at 1A state meet with 1-under 143 total.

Janelle Johnson

Wellington, senior

Finished T-11 at the 3A state meet with a score of 13-over 157

Kaely Krayeski

Palm Beach Central, freshman

Rising player showed her potential with T-16 finish at 3A state meet

Shyanne Lovan

American Heritage, sophomore

Tied teammate Alexa Hammer for 20th at state meet.

Coach of the Year

Donna Serino, American Heritage

Serino, who spends many hours working with and organizing events for junior players in the area, led the Stallions to a tie for third place in the Class 1A state meet.

SECOND TEAM

Sarah Campanella, Benjamin, 9th grader

Sabrina Fonda, American Heritage, 8th grader

Hannah Foster, Benjamin, 7th grader

Reagan Jahn, Benjamin, junior

Carly Kennerly, Benjamin, junior

Megan Turnquest, Seminole Ridge, senior

Dana Williams, American Heritage, 7th grader

 
 

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