Bender on impressive run

Name: Ky Bender

School: Philipsburg-Osceola

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Golf

Athlete of the week achievement: Bender won the District 6 Class 2A individual golf championship at Scotch Valley Country Club with a round of 77 and also led the Mounties to the team title.

Season update: Bender also was the District 6 2A sectional champ and will compete at the PIAA Western Regional at Tom’s Run next Tuesday.

Coach Jordan Albright’s quote: “Ky is first and foremost the epitome of a student-athlete. He is currently sixth of 106 students in his class with a GPA of 99.3. Ky also applies his academic work ethic on the golf course. As a three-year player/coach elected captain, Ky gives his best in practice to improve his own and his teammates’ games. I am extremely proud of him as both a student and athlete.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Raker

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Avengers Endgame”

Favorite food: Tacos

Favorite song: “Middle Child” by

J Cole

Outside interests: Graphic design

Favorite professional team: Oakland Raiders

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Rory McIlroy

Best athlete I ever competed against: Mount Union’s Trey Heffelfinger

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 golf championship, individual and team

How I got my start in golf: Playing in the parent-child tournaments with my step-dad, Nathan Lucas

Future goal: Attend college for mechanical engineering and play golf wherever I go