Susanna Conine-Nakano

April 5th, 2014 | By Gary No Comments


Susanna Conine-Nakano didn’t grow up playing golf and never dreamed of playing on the varsity team at Clarke Central High School. When she was 14, Susanna and her little sister watched their father participate in the Lukas’ Fund Charity Golf Tournament. They thought playing golf looked like fun, so her parents signed them up for a golf camp led by Clay Chappell of the Athens Area Junior Golf Tour. They loved it and quickly signed up for another camp and then regular golf classes and lessons. After a few years of practicing and playing, Susanna is now a three-year varsity player on the team and has received Honorable Mention status on the 2013 All-Northeast Georgia Girls Golf Team. She loves many aspects of golf, but one of the things she most is hearing “the ping” sound her club makes as it hits the ball and sends it flying down the fairway.


Susanna is on the All A Honor Roll at Clarke Central and feels that golf has enriched this part of her life.“Golf has helped me to become much more focused and mentally stronger. I feel that it has improved my stamina for studying,” says Susanna.Golf has also helped her to be more outgoing and talkative. She has become really close with her teammates, and she also enjoys talking with competitors, getting to know them as they play together during tournaments.

For Susanna, golf has also become a favorite family activity since they all play the game. “It’s really nice to spend a weekend afternoon playing a round together, and it gives us something fun to do when we are on vacation,” says Susanna. Playing golf in college is something Susanna would consider if she could play on the team for the school she decides to attend, but she is definitely looking forward to playing this lifetime sport for many years to come.

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