NAME: Katie Hallinan
SCHOOL: Walnut Hills High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: 2016 Women's Metropolitan champion
HEIGHT: 5'10"-150 lbs.
PARENTS: Noel & Barbara
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: Longtime Swing Coach Kevin O'Sullivan
FUTURE GOAL: Become a pediatric oncologist
One of Cincinnati's best golfers is Walnut Hills senior Katie Hallinan, who is a four-year varsity starter, including her freshman year when she was #1 player on the Eagles' men's team because there was not a girls' team that year. She shot a 67 this year at the ECC tournament to take conference runner-up honors.
Last season, Katie averaged an area record 35.83 per nine holes and 265 yards on drives. She was medalist 15 times in 18 high school matches. She was ECC champion for the second time and was the Ohio Sectional champion. Her honors included being named by the Enquirer as Cincinnati Div. I Golfer of the Year and 1st team all-city.
In 2015, she was Ohio state Div. I runner-up, the best finish ever for an Eagles' player. A huge accomplishment was in 2016 when she won the Greater Cincinnati Women's Metropolitan Championship, one of the youngest players ever to do so at age 16.
An Academic All-American with a 4.0 GPA, Katie is active in community service and will play golf next season collegiately at the University of Illinois.
Her favorite athlete is Lexi Thompson, favorite entertainer is Stephen Colbert, favorite book is Catcher in the Rye, favorite movie is The Day After Tomorrow and most-like-to-meet is Ezekiel Elliott.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Katie has that internal drive, determination and focus to be the best she can be at whatever she is working at."
— Larry Klein, Golf Coach