ELLENBORO -Every bit helps, and even though Sydney Snodgrass already had a full-ride to UAB secured she earned an additional $5,000 in scholarship money after being selected as one of 10 recipients for The Marilynn Smith Scholarship earlier this week.
The Marilynn Smith Scholarship is one of several offered through the LPGA Foundation. In order to qualify for this particular scholarship, an applicant must be a high school senior playing golf at the collegiate level.
Snodgrass graduated from Ritchie County High School in the spring.
"I was shocked to hear the news," Snodgrass said. "The woman who told me that I was one of the 10 recipients said there were 500 applicants. My parents were just thankful I got it. I'm also thankful."
Each applicant was required to send three letters of recommendation and submit an essay detailing their background, career objectives and how golf was an integral part of their life.
"I don't enjoy writing essays, but I can do it if I put my mind to it," Snodgrass said.
Snodgrass just returned from a week-long trip to Wilmington, N.C., after competing at the Women's Virginia-Carolina's at Porters Neck Country Club.
"The Carolinas beats us badly, but I met a lot of great people and had a great time," Snodgrass said.
Later this month, Snodgrass seeks to defend her title at the West Virginia Women's Amateur Championship (July 28-30). The host site for the three-day tournament is The Club at Cress Creek in Shepherdstown, which is the home course for last year's runner-up Kimberly Eaton.
"I believe I can win, but I have to play well again," Snodgrass said. "Kimberly Eaton definitely has the advantage because I've never played the course."
Shortly before she has to report for classes at UAB in August, Snodgrass has qualified to compete at the 46th Trusted Choice Big 'I' National Championship scheduled for Pete Dye Club in Bridgeport, W.Va.
"It's a huge national tournament including boys and girls from all over the country - it's been held in California and Florida in the past," Snodgrass said. "There will be a ton of college coaches there, including my coach from UAB."
For the time being, Snodgrass continues to fine-tune her game as a member of Marietta Country Club. She doesn't necessarily play the course. Rather, she works out on the driving range and putting green.
"You can talk to anybody, you can see me on the range or putting green with headphones on," Snodgrass said. "My game is more consistent than it was during the high school season. Last year, I might have a day or two where my game is at another level. Now, I can say it is consistently on that next level."