March 15, 2009
Adam Minichino - firstname.lastname@example.org
If Lindsey House needs a part-time job this summer, there are a few state senators who wouldn''t mind learning a few things from her to help their golf games.
House found out Wednesday she might have a handful of potential clients at the state capitol.
The 15-year-old Columbus resident wasn''t looking for the work. She was at the capitol to receive her award for the 2008 State Games of Mississippi AT&T Female Sportsman of the Year.
"It was awesome," House said. "I have never had anything like that happen to me. It was amazing."
Senate Concurrent Resolution 624 recognized House''s excellence in golf. Bay Spring''s T.J. Moss also was honored as the 2008 State Games of Mississippi AT&T Sportsman of the Year. House and Moss were introduced to the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives where a resolution was passed in their honor.
House, who attends Heritage Academy where she is a member of the golf team, was the 2007 Mississippi Woman''s Golf Association Junior Girls State Amateur Champion in the 13- to 15-year-old age division. She also was the Northwest Mississippi Junior Girls Champion in the 13-18-year-old division in 2007.
In the first year of golf at the 2008 State Games of Mississippi, House won a gold medal.
On the Senate floor, Lt. Governor Phil Bryant and Mississippi Senators applauded the athletes'' performances during the 2008 State Games of Mississippi. The Senate resolution was presented to House and Moss by Senators Videt Carmichael and Terry Burton and each Athlete of the Year''s area Senators.
The Mississippi House Representatives, led by Greg Snowden, local delegates, and each Athlete of the Year''s area representatives, recognized House and Moss for their outstanding achievements in organized athletics.
Governor Haley Barbour also recognized House and Moss for their achievements as the AT&T Sportsman of the year. Barbour congratulated them on their hard work and success.
House said she was extremely nervous to meet Barbour and Bryant. She said Barbour told her that his wife golfs and has a nine handicap. She also said several senators asked her what she shot at the 2008 State Games of Mississippi (76) and said they wanted to get lessons from her.
House might not have time to be a traveling instructor because she will be very busy pretty soon. The Heritage Academy golf season begins later this month, and House is the only girl on the school''s team.
This year, she said she will have to play from the men''s tees, which are 50 to 100 yards back from the women''s tees she has played on in the past.
House said the move back shouldn''t faze her because she has some experience from that distance.
"I''m improving on my shots and working on my chipping and putting," House said. "Hopefully, I will get stronger because I have to play from the men''s tees."
Jim House, Lindsey''s father, said the family knew Lindsey was going to be honored, but that didn''t stop her from being nervous. He said his daughter is excited about competing against juniors and seniors in the 15-18 age group this spring and summer.
"This is one of the years she is looking forward to golf the most," Jim House said. "She is getting more attuned to it and she is thinking more about playing golf at the college level She realizes this is starting to count and she needs to really perform well."
Based on the national program, the State Games of Mississippi established the annual AT&T Sportsmen of the Year Award in an effort to recognize Mississippi amateur athletes. Coaches, officials, athletes, volunteers, and spectators nominate one male and one female athlete from each sport for the award.
The athletes nominated should personify the ideals of the State Games movement, such as participation, sportsmanship, special attributes, achievements, efforts and positive attitudes.
As AT&T Sportsmen of the Year, House and Moss will have the opportunity to be the official torch runners in the 2009 State Games of Mississippi Opening Ceremonies and will work with State Games of Mississippi throughout the year to promote amateur athletics for all Mississippians.
Adam Minichino is the Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.