FORTVILLE — Around nine-years-old, Hannah Yee was riding in the back seat of her family’s car on a long return trip from a Florida vacation.
What followed was a conversation that would dictate a new direction in the Mt. Vernon student’s young life.
“It’s kind of funny,” Yee, now a MV senior, recalled earlier this week. “I was really tired so I wasn’t really paying attention to my dad, but he said, ‘How would you feel about getting involved in golf?’
“And I didn’t know what golf was at the time. I thought he was talking about putt-putt. I was like, ‘Sure we can do that.’”
A few days later, dad Henry Yee brought Hannah to a golf course, one that didn’t include windmills or castles on the greens.
“People started handing me these different clubs, so I was thinking, ‘Uh this isn’t what I thought it was going to be.’ But I’m glad that I picked it up.”
Hannah and her sister, MV sophomore Molly, took up the sport around the same time, much to the benefit of the Marauders’ high school squad several years later.
Last season, the Marauders broke Greenfield-Central’s seven-year Hancock County Tourney championship streak. In the sectional, Molly posted a team-best 88 to help MV capture its first-ever sectional title with a team score (four players) of 385.
Two years before Hannah’s high school arrival, as well as that of current senior and fellow standout Ellen Wuerch, the Marauders shot a 429 in the postseason.
“When I took the program over eight years ago, we were shooting 225s and 230s (for nine holes) and now we’re legitimately 180s,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said. “And I’m hoping to get in the 170s this year, and without them it wouldn’t have been possible. It’s been kind of a progression.
“Hannah has certainly helped that, and without Hannah and Molly we don’t have the success we had last year. And we’re on the doorstep of a new season now and hopefully we can have the same success or maybe a little bit better.”