ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio women's golf team has added Mallory Lovell (Georgetown, Ky.) as part of its early signing class for 2018-19, head coach Kelly Ovington announced today.
Lovell earned seven varsity golf letters for Scott County High School, starting for the varsity team when she was in fourth grade. From 2009-2015, Lovell was named Kentucky High School Athletic Association All-State (2015), KHSAA Regional Individual Champion (2013), KHSAA Regional Player of the Year (2014), KHSAA Regional Individual Runner-up (2012, 2014, 2015), while playing in the Kentucky High School State Championship all seven years. She also helped lead Scott County to the KHSAA Regional Team Championships in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Lovell finished in first place at the Kentucky Optimist International Qualifier in June 2017 and finished in second place at the Hurricane Junior Tour Major Championship at Persimmon Ride, also in June 2017. In April of 2017. Lovell tied for fifth place at the AJGA Preview at Sugar Valley, Ohio. In May of 2015, she finished in second place at the Scott Robertson International 14U tournament. While there, Lovell shot a 71 in the first round, which was a tournament low and a personal best for Lovell. Also in 2015, Lovell finished in first place at the KHSAA Lady Titan Invitational, tied for first at the KHSAA Kentucky Cup, placed third at the AJGA Jr. All-Star in Forsgate, N.J. and placed fourth at the AJGA Jr. All-Star in Longaberger, Ohio.
During her junior and senior seasons, Lovell did not play high school golf, instead she focused on a more competitive tournament schedule that included AJGA, Hurricane and other regional tour events. During this time Lovell was also able to participate in the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series. In 2016, she ran in five races, totaling 44.7 trail miles in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. In 2017, she has run in nine races covering 150 trail miles in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Alabama and Pennsylvania. She is currently the Trophy Series Trail Runner of the Year points leads for the 12-19 female division.
Lovell also excels in the classroom, earning induction into the National Honor Society during her senior year. She was also inducted into the Beta Club during junior and senior year, while being named to the Honor Roll for four-straight years. Lovell is also a member of the Key Club and DECA
"We are very excited to have Mallory join our Bobcat family," Ovington said. "She is a strong golfer, student and leader. Mallory's enthusiasm for the game and her desire to compete will allow her to make an immediate impact next fall."
Born July 26, 2000, Lovell is the daughter of Carrie and Jonathan Lovell and she has a younger brother, Max. Lovell lists her favorite athlete as Sergio Garcia and she enjoys a number of outdoor activities such as trail running, hiking, camping and rock climbing, as well as attending concerts and traveling. Lovell plans to major in Industrial Engineering.