Parents: Bruce and Denise LaBonte
High School: Corinth Holders
Also Considered: Wake Tech
Why JCC? “I think it’s a place where I’ll really enjoy improving as a golfer and it’s close to home. Coach (Ed) Ransopher really creates a family environment around the team.”
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Notable: Kellen is known as one of the better ball strikers around his age and he hits it really straight – he literally doesn’t draw or fade the ball naturally. … He has helped Corinth Holders to three straight top six finishes in the NCHSAA state team championships. The Pirates tied for sixth this past year. LaBonte tied for 34th individually. … He tied for 22nd at the 2014 NCHSAA championships with a score of 157. … As a sophomore he shot 69 in the regional championships. And the Pirates’ score of 296 during a match that same season are among his career highlights. … Kellen sees a need for improvement in his wedge game as he enters the college ranks. “The wedge game has always been very important,” he said. “There are days where it’s there, but then days where it isn’t are tough.” … “The bond we all have as a group is what I’ll remember most about Corinth Holders golf,” Kellen said. “We’ve become so close over the years under T-Gale’s (Corinth Holders coach Theresa Gale) leaderships. The friendships will last a lifetime.”
Compiled by D. Clay Best