Outstanding DCHS Senior Golfer Mallory Sullivan has signed with Belmont University to play golf next season.
Mallory's parents, James and Tonya Sullivan appeared with her during the signing at DCHS Thursday evening.
Sullivan said she is looking forward to playing golf at Belmont, where her sister Shay signed to play after her high school career. "It's a great school. I'm going into business and I love the golf team. My sister (Shay) is already there. It just felt like a perfect fit for me".
Mallory finished tied for fifth at the Class A/AA state golf tournament held recently at the Willowbrook Golf Club.
Sullivan, the only female from DCHS to compete in the state golf tournament all four years, carded a 3-over 75 to tie for a fifth place finish at 82-75—157, just a stroke away from a medal. She had the second lowest score on the second day of the tournament.
Mallory placed 11th in the state tournament as a freshman, second as a sophomore and tied for 14th as a junior.
"It's been a blessing for me to coach an athlete of that caliber," said DCHS Golf Coach Joe Pat Cope. "Her work ethic is so good. She is going to be a success at the college level because every day, if she is not playing, she is hitting balls, chipping, or working on her putting and that's what it takes. She is willing to put in three or four hours every day and it shows in her game," said Coach Cope.
"Mallory has worked really hard and we're very excited that she has the opportunity to attend Belmont and get a great education and to continue to play the game she loves," said Tonya Sullivan, Mallory's mother.
Mallory's father, James Sullivan said she began playing golf at a young age. "She started when she was in sixth grade. At first she didn't want to follow in her sister's footsteps but she saw what Shay was able to do and was very excited about that and decided to pick this up," he said.
"We're very excited and appreciate all the support shown Mallory from the school system and the community," said Tonya Sullivan.
Sullivan's head coach at Belmont will be Lissa Bradford.