ARLINGTON — The Eagles’ No. 1 golfer, senior Anthony Allen, has had a stellar career as a four-year varsity golfer at Arlington High School, and now he plans to bring his talents to the Western Washington University golf team.
On March 23, after corresponding with coaches from a number of universities, Allen signed his letter of intent to play for the Vikings. This follows a successful final season as an Eagle golfer, in which Allen took medalist honors at five out of the six tournaments in which he competed. He also finished his summer season at the Washington Junior Golf Association in August, and took home the Joan Teats Inspirational Golfer award after playing for the program since he was 8 years old.
“It’s awesome to know where I’m going next year and be with a solid team,” said Allen, who recently tied for second place at the Snohomish County Amateur Tournament, which is open to every age group.
Allen’s coach, Kevin Coghill, said it is no surprise that Allen has garnered interest from colleges looking for talented players.
“He has been our No. 1 golfer for four years,” said Coghill, who began coaching for AHS in 2013. “He’s very talented, very skilled. In fact, he doesn’t require much coaching since he is always practicing and striving to improve. You just let him do what he does and he always ends up in the top two at every match or tournament.”
Allen is hoping that his hard work will pay off at Western, where he is planning to compete as a member of the school’s traveling team.
“My goal for next fall is to make the traveling team at Western, so I am going to practice a lot this summer,” he said. “To travel with the team, you have to be in the top five, so that’s my goal at this point. I’m also hoping to be an All-American.”
Outside of golf, Allen foresees himself majoring in business administration, although he is not necessarily married to the idea.
“I have been thinking of going for business administration. I like dealing with numbers and money,” he said. “That could always change though. I still have some time to decide.”
Allen is excited to move on to the next part of his life and golf career, but says he will miss the team that he’s been playing with for years.
“It was way fun to be able to play for this team as a senior,” he said. “We are like a family. We are all really close. It’s a team mentality, which isn’t always the case in golf. We all practice together. I’ve had three coaches and they have all been really amazing. It was a great year for me and I am excited for the next four years.”