The Suburbanite
  • Springfield’s Davis to play golf for Mt. Vernon Nazarene

  • Playing a sport at the collegiate level will be a nice chance for Kristen Davis to slow down and narrow her focus.

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  • Playing a sport at the collegiate level will be a nice chance for Kristen Davis to slow down and narrow her focus.
    The Springfield senior had always participated in multiple sports, but will concentrate on golf in college, as she signed a national letter of intent to play for Mt. Vernon Nazarene in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
    Throughout high school, Davis has competed in multiple sports and has been a member of the cheerleading squad. She believes zeroing in on one sport will be a nice change of pace.
    “I can’t imagine myself playing college golf yet, it’s really like a dream come true,” Davis said. “It’s going to be nice to be able to just focus on golf.”
    Davis was joined at her signing by her father, Tim, Mt. Vernon women’s golf coach Mike O’Hara, current Springfield coach Lori Henary and former coach Dodi Zbuk, who coached the Springfield varsity team for Davis’ first three years.
    Davis’ mother Vickie Bercsik and siblings Kyle and Hannah Bercsik were unable to attend the signing, but golf truly has been a family affair for Davis since she was old enough to pick up a club and swing it.
    “I have played since I was five and my dad always helped me, always taught me and helped me practice and get better,” she said. “Golf is really important to him.”
    Choosing Mt. Vernon was the result of several different factors, including the school’s strength in the area in which Davis intends to major, early childhood education, in the hopes of being a teacher some day.
    The campus is also a 92-mile drive from home, far enough to say that she truly is going away to college, but also close enough to make a weekend trip home to do laundry or catch up with family and friends.
    “When I visited the campus, people were really nice, they all knew my name and made sure that I felt welcome,” she said.
    Davis said her time as a Spartan has been “a great experience” and said her coaches have always been encouraging and supportive as she has progressed through her high school career. Henary credited Davis with playing a large role in the team’s success this past season en route to a 10-4 record and third-place finish in the Greater Akron Girls Golf League. Her scoring average of 43 (for nine holes) was a consistent part of one of the most successful seasons in program history as the Spartans had a solid first year under Henary’s leadership.
    “Kristin had a huge impact on our team this year. She played in our No. 2 spot and helped lead our team to a 10-4 record and a third place finish in the GAGGL,” Henary said. “Not only is Kristin a good golfer, but she is also a great role model and a positive impact on our school culture and community. She has amazing potential and an infectious personality. She will definitely be missed but is going to be a great addition for the Cougars next season.”