WESTFIELD NJ — Both skill and determination are essential qualities in the making of any successful varsity athlete. These traits are what Westfield High School golf player George Snell perfectly exhibited this weekend at the Union County Golf Tournament, where he came in second as an individual and helped his team beat rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood by three points to win the county title.

“George fired a 74 at the Union County Championships, which tied for first and got him into one-hole playoff,” head golf coach Ryan Daly said of this week's Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. “His drive in the playoff was the longest I have ever seen on the hole and traveled over 350 yards, which was ultimately unlucky because it ended up rolling into a greenside bunker that is usually never in play on the tee. While George was disappointed that he lost the playoff, I could not have been more proud of him because he showed outstanding class and maturity and was so happy that we won as a team and set a new low record with a team score of 305.”

Snell reflected upon his performance that day.

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“It feels really good to set a school and a county record,” the golfer said. “I’ve never set a record for a school or county before. It means a lot to me as it was the lowest score I’ve shot in a tournament.”

This was not Snell’s first big performance in a competitive setting. Earlier this season, he finished fifth at the Wall Invitational and second in the Union County Conference. Coach Daly recognized Snell’s love of the sport and devotion as influencing factors in his success so far.

“George is an extremely passionate golfer who is mostly self-taught and who practices every day,” Daly said. “His ball striking combines power with accuracy and his tempo and rhythm are among the best I have ever seen.”

Snell credited his father as his inspiration.

“I look up to my dad because he is the one who taught me the game and he is always supportive after I play my match or tournament,” he said. “My dad taught me how to play, and he brought me to his country club when I was little and started playing golf with him. I credited my success to my dad because he is the one who brought me this far.”

Looking forward, Snell hopes to continue improving his game.

“I just love the competition of all the players and schools and trying to play really good and get the lowest score as possible,” he said. “My goals for the rest of the season is to try to shoot under par at the states and beat everyone who I am playing against.”

Daniel Han is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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