The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

June 28, 2014

Stout set to compete in Australia

JHS golfer will compete in three matches

Samantha Stout’s golfing skills are taking her to Australia.

Stout, a senior at Joplin High School, will leave for Brisbane on July 4 and return to Joplin on July 15. Several rounds of golf and three competitive matches representing Missouri and the United States are on tap in Australia, Stout said Saturday.

“Definitely, I’m beyond being excited,” Stout said. “The nerves haven’t hit me yet.”

Said Joplin coach Shannon Neill: “It’s a huge honor to get the opportunity to go to Australia and play for the United States. It should be a great experience.

“She’s dedicated to her game,” Neill said. “She spends a lot of time playing. I believe right now she’s playing great golf.

“She takes lessons from Doug Adams (Twin Hills professional),” Neill said. “Samantha also is a leader for us on the course.”

Stout said the organization International Sports Specialists, Inc.,  apparently began playing attention to her as a “Down Under Sports” possibility after her sophomore year.

“My family and I talked about it for a while,” Stout said. “It took a lot of work.”

Neill said that Stout’s achievements for the Eagles start with two Class 2 all-state berths and three times all-Ozark Conference.

Stout placed seventh at state as a sophomore in Cape Girardeau at Dalhousie Golf Club. She was 11th last fall at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.

Stout also plays basketball and her junior season was cut short with a left ACL injury in late January.

“I have about five weeks left in rehab. That’s when it should be a go in everything,” Stout said. “I’ll be able to play basketball after those five weeks. I definitely want to play my senior season.”

Added Neill: “She was able to focus on her short game after the surgery.”

Samantha, who answers to “Sam” from her friends, is the daughter of JHS graduates Wendy (formerly Reed) and Todd Stout.

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