Player of the Week

Chance ‘makes grandfather proud’ with POY honors

By DONNELL COLEY
Sports editor
Posted 10/18/21

Triton’s Neva Chance looks back at her humble beginnings after capping the girls golf season with a conference player of the year award.

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Chance ‘makes grandfather proud’ with POY honors

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Triton’s Neva Chance had one family member on her mind following the biggest win of her prep golf career.

Last Monday’s season finale at Kings Grant Golf & Country Club saw Chance top the field of nearly 30 and earn the first-ever All American Conference Girl’s Golf Player of the Year award.

“It was nice. I think I made my grandfather proud,” Chance said of the victory during a recent practice round at Chicora Golf Club.

“He introduced me to it (golf). He brought me out here when I was young with his scramble of guy friends.

Chance’s grandfather, “Dickie” Wiggins, is still a supportive force in her life and actually drove she and her Lady Hawks teammates to every match this season.

The tournament before her title-clinching performance, however, saw Chance play below her high standards. The Oct. 4 outing at Carolina Lakes Golf Course propelled the veteran golfer to fine tune her game ahead of the title event.

“That match I hit my driver awfully ... but I changed my swing and my stance before Monday (Oct. 11) and I think that helped a lot,” she said.

At Kings Grant, Chance won medalist honors with a 13-over-par 85 on the 18-hole course. The score helped her win player of the year honors and led the Lady Hawks to the team championship, much to the delight of a certain Lady Hawks chauffeur.

“He (Wiggins) told me he was proud. He doesn’t talk much, but you could tell,” Chance said.   

Now, the senior is set to represent Triton at her fourth straight regionals on Tuesday, just as her former teammate Lana Klein (who won conference player of the year last season) did.

Chance says Klein’s ability to focus, block out distractions and stay in the current moment is something she’s adopted, which Triton coach Mark Whitman feels has been key in her progression.

“Neva has improved every year since her freshman year, just like Lana did,” Whitman said.

Below is Chance’s acceptance speech along with her responses to a list of fun questions from The Daily Record staff.

Acceptance Speech: I’d like to thank my grandfather and Coach Whitman.

Favorite Subject: My business classes.

Favorite Show to Binge Watch: “Gilmore Girls”

Favorite App: Pinterest

Funniest Teammate: Tristan Ennis

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