BBA's Dapron signs to play golf at Stonehill College
MANCHESTER — After helping Burr and Burton Academy rejuvenate its golf program as a freshman and winning a shelf full of honors in high school, Julia Dapron will take her game to Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.
Dapron signed a national letter of intent Friday at BBA to play for the Skyhawks.
Dapron said she chose Stonehill after a visit in which everybody treated her very well despite everything working against her.
"Everybody was super nice and they did their best to make it enjoyable even though it was raining sideways," Dapron said. "The academics are just what I was looking for. It's a perfect balance between academics and athletics for me."
And she should be able to step on the course and contribute right away as a freshman.
"The coach basically said, if I go there, I'll be a key player there," Dapron said. "I will play in tournaments and that's something I wanted."
She said being able to compete right away is one of the things that drew her to Stonehill.
"I love competing, I love the nerves of it," Dapron said. "I love the competition."
Dapron will take her game to Stonehill with four years worth of success in her bag.
After finishing third in the state her freshman year, Dapron won three consecutive state titles as an individual, including two in one year.
In 2017, she was the state medalist in the spring for the 2016-17 season. The Vermont Principals Association then moved the tournament to the fall for the 2017-18 season and she won that too. She followed that up her senior year with her third title in the fall of 2018.
Dapron competed in the New England Golf Championship in Keene, New Hampshire all four years of her high school career and earned an invitation to Nationals in Orlando, Fla., this year.
She was the Bennington Banner/Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars golfer of the year in 2018 and 2019, and a two-time Vermont Junior Amateur champion in 2017 and 2018, all while competing around New England.
That success started when she first picked up a club at about four years old.
"It was always something I did with my parents," Dapron said. "I started taking it seriously and playing in tournaments the year before my freshman year."
Cheri Blondin is the head golf coach for the Bulldogs.
Blondin said Dapron not only worked to grow the BBA team but was a leader on that team.
"As a teammate, Julia grew the team and led the girls by setting an example on the course and in practice," Blondin said. "She cared about her teammates and worked to create a cohesive and talented team."
Her impact on her teammates, as well as the scorecard, led the Bulldogs to three straight second-place team finishes.
"I am proud of not only how far I have come in the last four-year, but I am ecstatic about what the golf team has accomplished," Dapron said.
Blondin said Dapron's hard work on the course was a career coaching highlight.
"Julia is a model of what every coach would want for an athlete on their team," Blondin said. "She is an extraordinary athlete, a gracious competitor and an engaging and encouraging teammate."
BBA Athletic Director, Dave Miceli, said Dapron's impact has been huge.
"Julia has made a significant impact at our school through her outstanding leadership.
Dapron is looking forward to four more years of being part of a golf team.
"I love the team atmosphere — just being close to your teammates and the bonding," Dapron said. "It isn't about winning or being the best. It's just about being part of a team."
Dapron attributed her golf success to her parents. She said her mother taught the game to her father, who has become her main coach.
"They've helped me through this whole process," Dapron said, adding that even though she and her dad sometimes have disagreements, "He has made me the golfer I am today."
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