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Athlete of the Week
Southwest Orange Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 4 years ago

Athlete of the Week - Windermere Observer: Andre Leveque

Andre Leveque placed second at the American Junior Golf Association’s EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Open in Lake Mary.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Andre Leveque, of Windermere, turned in three strong rounds at the American Junior Golf Association’s EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Open in Lake Mary (68-71-76—215), finishing tied for second place. Leveque recently graduated from Lake Highland Prep in Orlando and will golf on scholarship for USF in Tampa. Leveque is also a two-time AJGA HP Scholastic Honor Roll member and was a member of the National Honor Society at LHP.


You finished second place in a very competitive event. Were you pleased with the end result?

In the grand scheme of things, second isn’t too bad, because you can’t expect to go win every week in golf. I definitely thought I had a really good shot (at winning) … but the kid (who) won played really well, and I didn’t have my best stuff.


How valuable have the junior tour tournaments you’ve played this summer been?

They’re huge. I’ve played a lot of good tournaments this summer and learned from a lot of good players. That’s just going to translate more and more as I get more confidence going into college.


How are tours such as the AJGA different than high-school golf?

The AJGA is awesome. It’s definitely the best place to go for exposure to college coaches. High-school matches only get some (college) coaches (scouting) at the state finals series. High-school golf is a lot of fun.


What led to your decision to golf in college for USF?

It really came down to the coaching staff. I really like coach (Steve) Bradley and coach (John) Gordon there. They’re doing a lot of good things, and the team is just improving.


What was your favorite course to play locally from your varsity career?

Probably Interlachen (Country Club in Winter Park). I played some high-school matches out there and have seemed to always play well there.


What is your favorite travel destination?

We actually went to Key West about two weeks ago, right before the tournament, and I had a lot of fun down there. There was a lot of good fishing and I enjoyed just being with my family.


What are you hoping to study at USF?

I think I’m going to study accounting and finance. If golf doesn’t work out, then I would like to go work for one of the big four accounting firms.


What is your favorite Olympic sport to watch?

I love the Olympics. My favorite sport to watch would probably be cricket — it’s kind of fun to just watch it.


If you could be any superhero, which would you be?

Definitely Aquaman. He gets to swim with fish. 

Steven Ryzewski was the Senior Sports Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and Southwest Orange Observer....

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