Eve Lescovitz is an excellent student who has earned all As for her work in the classroom. But she’s also getting high marks for her skill and talent on the golf course.
Competing in her first-ever tournament, the Drive Chip and Putt Championship at Granite Links in Quincy, Eve placed second in the 12-year-old division , earning a trip to the regionals that will be held Aug. 12 at Pine Hills in Plymouth.
The winner of the regionals will compete at the famous Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters.
Eve, who is 11 years old and entering the sixth grade at the Susan B. Anthony School, has always had an affinity for the game. As early as the age of two Eve Lescovitz used to tag along with her father Richard on his visits to the Gannon Golf Course in Lynn where he is a member.
“When she was standing up, she first started to show a little interest in golf,” said Lescovitz. “She’s been hanging around with dad, chipping and putting the ball. When she was walking, she was playing.”
Eve has been a member of the First Tee of Massachusetts and participates in winter golf clinics at CityGolf in Boston.
Eve’s improvement has been steady under the tutelage of her father. Her award-winning finish at Granite Links affirmed how far she’s grown as a golfer.
“It felt great to do well in the tournament,” said Eve, who stands 4 feet, 7 inches tall. “I was nervous at first because I knew the girls were going to be a lot bigger but once I started playing, the nervousness went away and things went very well.”
Richard Lescovitz says his daughter’s No. 1 strength in her golf game is putting. “She’s a great putter,” said Lescovitz. “She can read the greens, see how fast they are, how much the putt is going to break, how much slope there is – she looks at the putt from both sides.”
“I do like putting a lot,” said Eve, who also enjoys miniature golfing with her dad at the Route 1 course in Saugus. “On the last hole, we’ve earned a lot of free rounds for getting holes-in-one.”
Eve, who is lefthanded, said her favorite golfer is Phil Michelson, who is also lefthanded. “He seems like a nice guy. He has a nice family. He’s just a really good golfer.”
Eve’s favorite golfer on the LPGA Tour is Paula Creamer, a former U.S. Open champion. “I also like Michelle Wie.”
Golf may be where Eve is one of the Bay State’s best, but she is also proficient in other sports.
She is an All-Star player in the St. Mary’s Softball League. She also plays basketball in the Revere Girls Basketball League and for the Immaculate Conception CYO travel team.
Eve said her father is a great coach who’s taught her well.
“He’s great – he’s a good mentor,” said Eve. “He’s been helping me a lot and I love him. And I want to thank my mom [Diane], who definitely supports me in everything I do.”
“I’m super proud of Eve – I couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Richard Lescovitz, whose older daughter, Alexa, 15, is a student-athlete at Northeast Regional.