As the summer season winds down Summer Kitahara of Greenwich, Conn., is among the masses of high school graduates preparing for the next chapter of their lives. Having made the most of her four years at the Rye Country Day School in Rye, N.Y., Kitahara graduated not only with prestigious academic distinctions but also an impressive golf resume – both of which will lead her to Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Pittsburgh, Pa., this fall.
With a passion for golf, Kitahara served as a two-year captain of the girl’s varsity team at the Rye Country Day School, also serving as a captain for the tennis team in the off-season. Repeat stellar performances earned Kitahara the 2013 Girl’s Varsity Golf Coach’s Award, the 2013 Girl’s Varsity Tennis Wildcat MVP Award and the 2014 Girl’s Varsity Golf Wildcat MVP Award.
Unable to get enough golf, Kitahara also participated in Metropolitan Junior PGA events as well as IJGT events to increase her tournament experience while growing her game. In more than 10 events with the IJGT, Kitahara has finished in the top-20 in each event, four of which were top-10. Her IJGT career best performance came at the IJGT Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 29-30, 2014, where she finished third.
Carnegie Mellon added women’s golf to the athletic department for the 2013-2014 season for the first time in the school’s history. Kitahara will join the Tartans’ squad for the second inaugural season as a freshman.
Outside of the hours spent training for golf, Kitahara dedicated countless hours to excelling in the classroom. Her passion for computer science earned her the 2013 Computer Science Award, solidifying her intentions to pursue a degree in from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science.
Congratulations to Kitahara on behalf of the entire IJGT community, we wish you well in you future endeavors!
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