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Lansdowne High's Hannah Goodman shines on the boys golf team

Lansdowne High junior Hannah Goodman finished third in the Baltimore County girls tournament after playing no. 1 on the boys team during the regular season.
Lansdowne High junior Hannah Goodman finished third in the Baltimore County girls tournament after playing no. 1 on the boys team during the regular season. (File photo/2014)

The best high school golfers competed in the Maryland State championships this week on the campus of the University of Maryland, and Lansdowne's Hannah Goodman wasn't there.

If Vikings golf coach Mike Martin gets his wish, the junior will be there next year.

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"I definitely think she could make it next year into the states," said Martin, who coached Goodman the past three years. "I really want that goal for her, because it's an amazing event down at College Park."

Martin has no doubt that the only girl on the Lansdowne boys team has the talent to get there.

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Goodman was the No. 1 player on the team this season and has lost only once in 28 matches against boys in her three years on varsity.

"She really is a natural," Martin said. "Hannah is the real deal, and she will be my MVP. She was last year, too."

Goodman's booming tee shots are an indication of her strength and power.

"She hits drives 240 yards and consistently outdrove her male opponents every time during the regular season," Martin said.

Goodman's ability to make shorter putts and put longer ones close enough for tap-ins is another attribute.

"She won't say a strength is her short game, but once she gets on the green, she's got a touch," said her dad, Ken Goodman, a 1986 Lansdowne High graduate.

Goodman didn't start playing until her dad bought her a set of starter clubs about five years ago.

She and her younger sister, Jordyn, went to a couple of golf clinics and Hannah liked the sport enough to try it as a freshman.

In 2012, Goodman played in her first interscholastic matches. She went undefeated, and, with teammate Dallas Rose, led the squad to a 9-0 record.

That year, Goodman won a novice tournament for those golfers who didn't compete at the county or district tournaments.

"She won it by five shots," Martin said. "That kind of set the tone for her and she got a really nice award for that."

But golf is Goodman's second sport. Her favorite is softball, which she started playing recreationally at age 6. She started playing for travel team at age 10.

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Next spring will be Goodman's third as the varsity catcher and her younger sister, who plays volleyball in the fall, most likely will be the top pitching candidate.

While many of the players on county golf teams belong to golf clubs and spend all summer playing on plush green fairways, Goodman spends most of her time crouching in the dirt as a catcher for her club team.

When golf season rolled around this fall, softball, detailing cars at her Arbutus home and maintaining her straight A's were top priorities.

"To be honest, I practice [golf] when we practice at school," said Goodman, who has a 4.86 grade point average. "Sometimes, we will get in a few rounds at Carroll Park. But other than that, just whenever school has practice."

Two days before the district golf tournament, Goodman caught three games in a softball tournament playing for the Catonsville Chaos 16U team.

"I'm sure that had an effect on her," Martin said. "You catch three games, squat and throw and block balls and then you have to walk 18 holes."

After shooting 95 at Fox Hollow and placing third in the Baltimore County tournament, she posted a 106 at Diamond Ridge at the district tournament.

Unfortunately, the rain came in after her round. Had it come earlier and the district tournament been canceled, her county tournament score would have qualified Goodman for states.

"She's a great athlete," Martin said. "She's a better athlete than anybody that showed up in the counties or districts. She's an amazing student, so she is going to have a lot of potential for college."

Martin is also aware of what Goodman does for the softball team.

"I know she's really, really big into softball and she's really good," he said. "But my personal opinion, if she focused on golf, she could write her ticket anywhere she wanted to go, because of her grades, because of her strength, her athleticism and so forth."

Goodman's best nine-hole score this year was 47, which she did three times with her dad watching every round.

"She could be so much better at golf if she put the time into it, but she lives for softball," said her dad, who has been her coach for her entire softball career. "If she had her choice between the two playing in college, she would take softball every time, even though golf wouldn't be as hard on her body. She just loves softball. She loves being behind the plate."

Goodman acknowledges she is looking forward to calling pitches for her sister on the diamond in the spring and working on quicker pickoff throws to first and third base.

A different thought process takes place on the golf course.

"You have to be patient," she said. "You have to be very patient. It's a mental game. It has to come to you. You can't force it. You can almost say you have too much time to think in golf."

Goodman did just that on the par-4 first hole at Fox Hollow.

After pulling her drive into heavy wet rough on the left, her approach shot was swallowed by a tree in her line. After her pitch to the green was short, a short chip left her with about a 20-foot putt for bogey.

Goodman made the long putt and followed that with a three on the par-3 second hole.

"Her playing with other girls in these past two tournaments was really good for her, because they are good golfers and it kind of pulls you along and she was up for that challenge," Martin said. "I think she thrived on that competition."

Goodman was also up for the challenge of leading the boys team to a 10-0 record and division crown.

That squad included seniors Bobby Peterson, Bill Breland and Cory Austin, Hunter and Mason Doyle and freshmen Chris Blair, Chris Trietley and Eddie Horn.

Goodman said her low score of 47 was her favorite individual achievement, but she also enjoyed the support of her teammates.

"Everybody has been upbeat," she said. "We had nice people on the team."

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