There wasn’t much that Sophie Linder didn’t check off her list during a stellar career at Gordonsville High School, which sits about an hour east of Nashville.
Linder capped off her high school career in dramatic fashion last October by winning in a playoff for her fourth consecutive state championship.
She became the fourth Tennessee high school girls golfer to win four state titles, joining Baylor’s Brooke Pancake, Greeneville’s Karen Socha and St. Agnes’ Rachel Heck.
For her efforts, Linder was recognized by USA Today as the recipient of the 2022-23 High School Sports Awards Girls Golfer of the Year.
The USA Today High School Sports Awards is the largest high school athletic recognition program in the country with 14 regional award shows and one national awards program. Linder was named the winner from a class of twenty-five nominees picked from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A native of Carthage, Tennessee, Linder has now joined the Ole Miss golf team, entering the season as the No. 23 overall recruit in the class of 2023, and the No. 1 recruit coming from the state of Tennessee. Among the other honors she was chosen for were the 2021 Middle Tennessee Girls Player of the Year and the 2021 Tennessee Girls Junior Player of the Year.
Along with her successful high school career, Linder’s amateur career is highlighted with prominent wins at events like the 2021 Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open and the 2021 Tennessee Girls’ Junior Championship. She also recently earned a third-place finish at the 2022 Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship.