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Vogel, 17, in line for big golf scholarship

Amanda Vogel has good reason to be stressed out this week. What 17-year-old wouldn't be nervous if they knew their SAT scores were due Thursday?

The next few days will be particularly tense for her, though. Also on Thursday, she will hear whether she won an award worth $70,000 or more. That's the potential value of a national golf scholarship for which she is one of five finalists. She was picked from among hundreds of applicants who want to attend the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.

Finalists for the IJGA award were chosen on their academic performance, community service and especially their passion for golf, which they had to summarize in an essay.

"I had so much to say, but it could only be 100 words. I had about 700, so the hardest part was cutting it down," she said.

Golf has been her life since she was five, her mother Andrea said, adding that her husband Jim went to college on a golf scholarship and is the superintendent at Mill Pond Golf Club in Medford. He taught Amanda, who plays on the Rocky Point boys team.

Online voting for the scholarship ended on Tuesday. She said her family, friends and teachers helped her campaign. The balloting, conducted by Golf Digest, represents only a part of the criteria. Judges have a big hand in it as well. So she could receive credit for being an honor student, class officer and hospital volunteer once a week.

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