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The ability to play top-level golf would be enough for most college students. But it barely scratches the surface of what drives Vanderbilt standout Abbey Carlson.
Carlson, who recently earned an invitation into the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this April, is arguably America’s most interesting women’s golfer.
Carlson possesses a truly remarkable resume. On the links, she’s one of Vanderbilt’s leading performers, a two-time All-Southeastern Conference honoree and Mason Rudolph Championship individual medalist who has helped guide the Commodores to back-to-back NCAA appearances and represented the United States in Palmer Cup international competition. Away from the course, she’s a licensed pilot, airplane and rocket builder, aerospace enthusiast and engineering major.
Carlson’s array of interests amazes Vanderbilt women’s golf head coach Greg Allen.
“Abbey never fails to amaze me. She’s just a remarkable young lady and she’s been that way since our first introduction,” Allen said. “It’s fun to watch how she’s handled her athletic responsibilities with the academic rigor at Vanderbilt and her other interests. I’ll have a lot of fun simply watching where life takes her into the future.”
When Allen started the recruiting process, he quickly discovered Carlson was more than an elite golfer. She was knee-deep in aviation.
“Abbey had a pilot’s license as a high school junior and was flying a plane that she and other students at her school had built,” Allen said. “It quickly became obvious that Abbey wasn’t your typical junior golfer.”