African-American Golf’s Digest Golfer of the Week

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Updated: August 24, 2014
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by Debert Cook

Kendel_Abrams-2_360Kendel developed an interest in golf while watching her older brother Khalil play.  Playing on his high school golf and tennis team, Khalil recently participated in the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, SC.

He was one of 51 students selected around the country out of 200 First Tee chapters.  This really inspired his sister Kendel.

Kendel won first place in the Jimmy Flattery Jr. Golf Tournaments in 2010 and 2011. This year, she also took the Girls 11 title with a 40 at the US Kids Golf Tournament at Kimberton Golf in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

For her accomplishments and skills in golf she was awarded Player of the Year for the US Kids Philadelphia North Spring Tour.

Active and involved in being her best in the game, Kendel is a 21 handicap and participates in several organizations in her area while belonging to The First Tee Baltimore and Clifton Park Junior Golf Program in Baltimore, Maryland.

She knows that being involved in programs and events gains her access to others who have the same drive that she does.

She also looks to connect with opportunities for scholarships and other academic assistance.

She’s got a college future squarely in her sights and she is not taking her eyes off of it.

The Abrams family is glad that golf is a part of their children’s lives and they do all they can to keep them involved.

In fact, both Kendel and her brother Khalil were selected as Junior Course Reporters for the PGA’s Champions Tour at TPC Potomac in 2010.

She is devoted to putting herself in the right circles, and, has even interviewed Fred Couples, Tom Watson and PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Kendel has a streak of journalism running through her veins and provided blogs for two days on the PGA website.  http://together.pgatour.com/stories/out-of-school-inside-the.html

Besides golf, she enjoys playing basketball and soccer.Kendel_Abrams-PlayeroftheYear_400

She also uses music to balance out her life and plays the cello for her school’s orchestra brilliantly.

Kendel excels academically and she is consistently on the honor roll and was selected as a 2012 Carson Scholar–one of 114 students selected throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

In addition, Kendel was honored by the Southern York County School District Board of Directors in May.

She is dedicated to serving the community and is a positive role model to younger students.

Kendel is a true scholar-athlete. She is in all accelerated classes.

She received a scholarship toward college from Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy this past spring.

Photo Left: Kendel Abrams with  American columnist and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson chat during a function honoring her.

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