It didn’t take long for Renaissance High’s Nia Little to get into the swing of things as the Detroit Public School League’s top girls’ golfer.
In leading the Lady Phoenix to their third consecutive league championship, the freshman shot a dazzling nine-hole score of 41 to claim low medalist honors by six strokes and has been named the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“I’m proud of myself,’’ Little said. “I just went out and tried my best and I did well. I’m glad I helped my team win.”
Little began playing golf at age 3 and quickly caught the bug.
“My dad started me playing and he thought I would be successful at it, and I am,” she said. “I’m good at driving and chipping but my short game is pretty good, too. I just love the sport, and being outside. I don’t like indoor sports that much.”
In the classroom, Little has a 3.5 grade point average and hopes to parlay her golf acumen and academics into a successful future. “I really want to get a scholarship to a good college and see where it takes me,’’ she said.
Her ultimate ambition is to become an actress. She currently takes dance, singing and acting lessons and says she has already been in two movies.
Renaissance coach Harry Kennedy expects Little to be the standard-bearer of PSL girls’ golf for the next three years. “She’s dominating our team and the league already as a freshman,” he said. “That 41 is the best score we’ve had.
“She’s good because she works at it. She never misses a practice and she shows a lot of passion for golf. She loves it. She plays on the weekend a lot of times when nobody else is playing. We’re looking forward to seeing her down the line doing some wonderful things, not just in the city but also in the state.”
Little expects to be a serious contender next week in the regional tournament at Farmington Hills.
“ I think I might do well,’’ she said. “I just need a little bit more practice.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.
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