For as much success as LaPorte senior Delanie Alcorn is having on the golf course this season, she is having even more success in the classroom.
Alcorn is averaging around 41 for nine holes this year, and she is also the top-ranked student in LaPorte’s senior class of 437.
“She’s the definition of a student-athlete,” LaPorte coach Mark Wilson said. “She’s a two-sport athlete in golf and basketball, and she is ranked No. 1 in the class. She is a well-grounded, prioritized young lady.”
Alcorn, whose favorite subjects are math and science, always makes sure to find plenty of time for academics.
“After practice, I always go home and do my homework and study for tests,” she said. “My academics mean a lot to me.”
After winning the sectional championship and qualifying for the regional tournament as a junior, she practiced a lot this past summer to get even better.
‘I worked hard this summer and it’s paid off,” she said. “I live on Legacy Hills and went out a lot with my dad. We worked mostly on ball-striking and my short game.”
Wilson has noticed a marked improvement in her short game thanks to that summer practicing.
“Her biggest improvement has been on her short game,” he said. “That has been the biggest key to improving her consistency.”
One of the keys to Alcorn’s play this season has been her consistency. Her highest nine-hole score is a 44.
“She’s off to a real good start,” Wilson said. “She’s been so consistent this year. She has played a lot of tough courses and she has been consistently good all year. That was her key, to work on being consistent.”
In addition to qualifying for the state tournament, Alcorn also wants to be recognized as an all-Duneland Athletic Conference player after missing out on the honor a season ago.
“After four years, it would all pay off,” she said. “To be all-conference in the DAC would be awesome because there are so many good golfers.”
Wilson noted that Alcorn’s demeanor is just as impressive as her skills on the course and in the classroom.
“She just knows how to treat people,” he said. “Whether it is freshmen on the JV or seniors on the varsity, she treats everyone the right way. She has a really engaging personality. Ask area teams who they like playing with, and they would say her.”