Lady Vol golf signs Morristown native

Head coach Judi Pavon has dipped into her backyard for the latest Lady Vol golf signee.

Holly Cantwell of Morristown West High signed scholarship papers Monday, joining a UT squad that will not lose a player to graduation next season.

''We are thrilled that Holly has signed on to be a Lady Vol,'' Pavon said. ''She is a great person, student and golfer. She will be a great asset to our program and will add enthusiasm every day! She is one of the best in Tennessee and we're proud to add her to our roster.''

One of the area's top prep golfers, Cantwell notched a 3A state title sweep -- leading the undefeated Trojans to the team championship by firing a final-day 70, the fourth-lowest score in the event's history, to claim individual medalist honors.

A National High School Coaches Association All-American, she garnered runner-up status at state her junior year after a fourth-place showing the previous season as a sophomore.

The East Tennessee Player of the Year also earned medals at the region, district and conference tournaments her senior season and also captured the same trifecta her sophomore campaign. Previously, she qualified for both the 2000 and 2001 editions of the U.S. Girls Junior Championships, a prestigious event established in 1949 to highlight female golfers under the age of 18.

Scholastically, Cantwell nabbed a spot among those honored in the 2001 and 2002 versions of Who's Who Among American High School Students and received the 2001 National Art Award and the 2000 Latin Award. She was also a SCOPE Leadership Representative and Girls State Nominee in 2002 while also participating in the Beta Club, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life at MWHS.

Cantwell also gave her time to the Toque Club Junior Golf Camp, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program throughout her prep career.

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