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Florida prep golfer shooting for state title a year after breaking her wrist

Ben Rohrbach
Prep Rally

Wrists mean everything to golfers. So, when Oviedo (Fla) Hagerty's Cori Duren shattered her right wrist in a car accident in July 2012, she wasn't sure what the future might bring.

Now, some 15 months later, she's led the lady Huskies to their first golf state tournament.

"This is a dream come true," Duren told the Orlando Sentinel. "After the crash, I didn't think this would happen, but that has made this year that much sweeter."

Riding shotgun in her friend's Nissan Maxima on their way back from a birthday dinner, the senior right-handed golfer braced for impact as a car slammed into the passenger side, unleashing an airbag that snapped her right wrist, sprained her left shoulder and slipped a disc in her neck, according to the outstanding Sentinel feature story.

Thankfully, Duren was wearing a seatbelt. As a result of the injuries, though, she missed almost her entire junior season, returning in time for the district tournament but shooting a disappointing 94. This season, still battling pain in her wrist, she altered her swing. Even Tiger Woods can tell you how difficult that can be for a golfer.

"Most of your short game is done with your wrists," Hagerty coach Tod Benedict told the paper. "She doesn't have the feel she should have, but it doesn't really bother her with her woods. She still hits her driver as long as anybody you will see."

Still wearing a brad on her right wrist, Duren drives the ball roughly 280 yards, but she has to take her right hand off the irons just before making contact, the Sentinel said.

Despite the adjustment, Duren reportedly finished fourth in her district, sixth in the region and hopes to lead Hagerty to the school's first girls' golf state title this week -- just as her sister Cabriel did for Seminole (Fla.) Lake Howell High in 2009.

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