Gabby Thomas has established herself as the leader of the pack in the Keys girls golf scene. MAGGIE COLEMAN-SAYER/Keys Weekly

Sophomore, Coral Shores High School

Coral Shores golfer Gabby Thomas has played in six matches this season, winning five of them. Her game improves weekly, and she often outscores the gentlemen as well as the ladies.  Recently, she shot a 45 at Florida Keys Country Club as she edged closer to a 40, her goal this season. Gabby does not settle for being a great athlete. She is constantly working harder to improve. “Gabby is a very teachable player; she takes what she is told and practices it until she has perfected it,” said Coral Shores golf coach Danielle Thomas. “She always tries to better herself by practicing and watching videos of other golfers.” 

Thomas does not hesitate to share her knowledge and skills. She is both a leader and teacher for her team and those she plays against, offering helpful advice to her competitors on swings, stances and any other aspect of the game. Most admirably, Gabby is a role model to others, exhibiting sportsmanship on and off the course. For her high level of play, leadership role and constant positive interactions with those around her, even during competition, Gabby Thomas is the Keys Weekly Athlete of the Week.

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Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.