Carroll golfer commits to school, for academics

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Southlake Carroll senior golfer Adriana Morillo has made her college commitment.

She made her verbal pledge to the medical field – orthodontics, to be exact.

Despite a very successful high school golfing career, Morillo said she plans to chase her true passion in college and her future career, leaving competitive golf behind.

“I started thinking about it, and my mom is an orthodontist and she told me what it really takes to get into dental school,” Morillo said. “I don’t want to shortchange either one.”

Morillo has made a name for herself in the annual Fort Worth Junior Girls’ Tournament, finishing in the championship flight the past four years. Her best finish came in 2012, posting scores of 79, 78 and 78, which was good enough for first place. Her Round 3 score of 78 was shot at Colonial Country Club as well.

This year, Morillo took home a sixth place finish with scores of 75, 84 and 80. She’ll have one more year to compete in the tournament.

Prior to the Fort Worth Juniors, Morillo was a key piece in a Carroll team that made it to the state tournament, finishing in seventh place. Morillo shot a second round 78, which was among the top scorers on that day.

However, the rest of her summer was spent setting up her next challenge, becoming an orthodontist.

Morillo said she believes she’ll take her next steps in College Station, attending Texas A&M, but she also has applied to Texas, Auburn, Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania. Once she receives conformation of acceptance from schools, she’ll make her final decision, she said.

“I’m just trying to see what I can get and see what I like best,” she said.

However, before she takes her academic game to the next level, she has one final high school season to play and she’s going to compete as she has in all her past seasons, when college golf might have still been in the picture.

“I still want to play well, because I like the rush of playing well and competition is great and I’m a competitive girl, but it’s not as hardcore as it was last year,” she said.

For most of her high school career, Morillo has talked to college coaches who showed interest in her talents as a golfer, she said.

But since then, she’s put a higher value on her future beyond golf and hopes to be as competitive in the field of orthodontics as she has been on the golf course for the majority of her young life.

“If I wanted to play college golf, I would want to make sure I could commit to golf and academics, and I felt like if I did college golf, I couldn’t fully commit,” she said.

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