Prep golf intensifies as the season crescendos | Local Sports

Glynn Academy golfer Ansley Jones returned to the links last summer after recovering from a relapse of leukemia. Jones was originally diagnosed at 14 years old on Oct. 10, 2013, and was in remission for about a year before cancer returned near Christmas when she was a sophomore at Glynn Academy.

“I really missed it, because I love playing golf,” Jones said. “It’s a sport you can play for the rest of your life and it’s a skill you can always have.”

During her stint in the hospital, her Glynn Academy teammates brought back a trophy from one of last year’s tournaments, which she displayed proudly in her hospital room as she focused on recovery and returning to golf. After a few months and a bone marrow transplant, Jones is back on the course, all smiles with straight, brown hair peaking out of the back of her white Glynn Academy golf cap.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Tammy Palmer, Glynn Academy assistant coach and Jekyll Island Golf Club membership coordinator, said Jones’ spirit has added to the team’s chemistry during the regular season.

“She’s just an integral part of the team because she always has this smile on her face,” Palmer said.

Like Jones’ health, Lady Terrors golf is on the up-and-up. The Lady Terrors are two weeks removed from winning the Lady Bear Invitational in Waynesboro.

The Lady Terrors are accomplishing their strong season with a youth movement. Olivia Hickson is the team’s lone senior, while underclassmen Taylor Palmer and Ella Slade lead a crop of young Lady Terrors looking to make an impact on the team for several years to come.

“We have a lot of new kids coming in,” Taylor Palmer said. “(The future) looks good.”

The Lady Terrors are under new supervision with head coach Kip Hall. After several years of coaching golf in the Atlanta area, Hall came to Glynn Academy…

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