The Mirovich sisters were introduced to golf in 2009. But Danielle may be ahead of the curve compared with her older siblings at the same point in their careers.Separated by two years, sisters Rebecca and Lacy jumped straight into playing high school matches with Mount Pleasants team and learned the game along the way. Danielle, now 14, spent the past four years fine-tuning her skills before getting serious about competing this summer.She has played a full schedule of junior tournaments since mid-June, and she will play in her first high school matches this fall. Danielle attended Mount Pleasant Middle School but will attend Gray Stone Day School, a charter school in Misenheimer, starting this fall.Rebecca, a 2011 Mount Pleasant High School graduate, and Lacy, who graduated this year, enjoyed solid high school careers and will eventually be teammates on the UNC-Pembroke golf team. Believing in their sisters potential and overall athleticism, Rebecca and Lacy think Danielle could enjoy more long-term success than they have.Danielle is splitting her time this summer playing in tournaments sponsored by the Carolinas Golf Association, the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Eastern Junior Golf Association.On July 8-9, Danielle played in the seventh Carolinas Junior Girls 15-and-under championship. In the junior division, she finished sixth in a 12-player field.On the first day of the 18-hole tournament, Danielle made par on four holes on the back nine to finish with a 27-over-par 99. Her downfall was hitting double-bogey or worse on nine holes.On the second day, Danielle was more consistent. She hit par on four of 18 holes and reduced the number of double-bogeys.Danielle placed sixth out of nine golfers at a TYGA golf event at Whispering Pines July 3. She scored a 95 to finish 23 over par.Five days earlier, Danielle carded a 98 and finished third at a TYGA tournament at Badin Inn Golf Club, which is Gray Stone Days home course.More than anything, Danielle wants to be consistent with her short game. I chip pretty well because I chip every day, said Danielle. Im learning to putt pretty well. Ive learned to control the speed of the putt, uphill, downhill, the break.Danielle has the luxury of a chipping range in her familys spacious backyard, constructed by her father, Dannie Mirovich. He laid artificial turf mats on the ground, 20 yards, 40 yards, and 60 yards away from a couple of pins that protrude from the grass.Like her sisters, Danielle hits 100 to 300 balls a day on the chipping range. Pitching in the backyard is how Danielle got acclimated to golf several years ago.I dont think Danielle would have stuck with it without us, said Rebecca. You need someone to practice with.Also like her sisters, Danielle has earned game development scholarships through the Triad Youth Golf Foundation. Received in $300-$500 allotments, Danielle uses her awards to take lessons from professionals, including the Robert Linville Precision Golf School in Greensboro and Scott OConnell, a PGA member who works with Danielle on her swing at the Golf Depot in Pineville. By watching her sisters work hard, said OConnell, and seeing the positive results that come along with the hard work, Danielles willing to put the time and effort into her game to succeed. Ive seen a lot of improvement over the last two years with her game. And with the effort she puts into it, I dont see any signs of her improvement tapering off.The Mirovich sisters play casually together but rarely compete in the same tournaments. Danielle recognizes her sisters accomplishments and would like to follow in their footsteps by playing in college.Rebecca and Lacy were members of Mount Pleasant Highs first girls golf team. Lacy was a four-time all-conference player and qualified for the 3A state tournament twice.After two all-conference seasons at Belmont-Abbey College, Rebecca is transferring to UNC-Pembroke this fall. Lacy will enter there as a freshman.
Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013
Mount Pleasant golfer Danielle Mirovich following in her sisters footsteps
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