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T.F. South's Sloan puts up good numbers in the classroom too

2013-10-08T18:00:00Z 2013-10-09T02:50:06Z T.F. South's Sloan puts up good numbers in the classroom tooMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
October 08, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Don't mistake Maggie Sloan's test scores for her golf scores.

In the classroom, she scores high on her school work and scores low on the course.

Sloan is one of 13 sophomores who are No. 1 in their class.

"Academics have always been important to me and my mom and dad have always stressed that," Sloan said. "Education comes first."

Sloan is on the school's scholastic bowl team as well as the pep club. She said her favorite subject is algebra.

"I love the challenge of equations," Sloan said. "It makes you think and work to solve the problem."

On the course, Sloan has had no problem.

Last year, she qualified for the Class AA state meet and plays on the Rebels boys team as South does not have a girls team.

It has not been a problem for Sloan.

"I am used to teeing off from the boys' tees and last week I was at Coyote Run and looked at the girls' tee and realized how much shorter it was," Sloan said. "That doesn't mean it is easier, but you are closer."

She said she has developed a camaraderie with her teammates.

"We all help each other and we want to do well," Sloan said. "We have a good mix and with us not having a girls team, I have had to play against boys."

Sloan will compete at today's Class AA Marist Regional at Green Garden Country Club. The top 10 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to next Monday's Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional.

"Last year, going to state, it was a good experience for me as a freshman," Sloan said. "It also made me want to get back this year and I have to play good during the regional to get to the sectional.

"The key is to just worry about your game and if you have a bad hole, move on and don't worry about it."

Sloan has established her own identity as her older sister Sammi and brother Bobby made names for themselves at Marian Catholic and Mount Carmel respectively.

Sammi was part of some great Marian teams which took second in 2005 and was a top golfer at the University of Illinois.

"It's good to establish yourself, but I learned a lot from Sam and Bobby," Sloan said. "They are still good golfers and they pull for me and that is neat."

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