Levittown's Annie Park Earns a Spot in the U.S. Women's Open: Fan's Reaction

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Long Island, and Levittown in particular, is a hotspot for girls' soccer, softball and lacrosse.

The MacArthur Lady Generals girls' soccer team earned a New York State championship, their first in school history, with a victory over Arlington in November.

MacArthur's softball team, behind North Carolina-bound ace pitcher Kristen Brown, won a Long Island championship.

The Lady Generals lacrosse team went on a tear in 2012, with Kristina Coiro putting up a team-high 42 goals and Kelly McQuail racking up 22 points.

The dominance of the three aforementioned teams wasn't particularly surprising, as each team was expected to at least be a playoff threat in the 2011-12 school year.

The biggest surprise of the year for MacArthur was 17-year-old phenom Annie Park, who turned Levittown into a rabid golfing community with a surprising victory in the 2012 Nassau County high school boys tournament.

Not only did she become the first girl to ever win the tournament, she followed it up by placing first in the U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifiers on May 15 at Trump National in Colts Neck, N.J., with a superb performance in shooting one-under-par 143 (78-65).

This week, Park, who is tied for third in Golfweek's ranking of amateur women's players, will compete in the U.S. Women's Open in Kohler, Wis.

"I'm excited for it, but I don't want to set my standards so high," she said in a Newsday.com report. "I just want to go out there and play my own golf, as I always do. That's the hard part. I like how when you play golf, you're playing against yourself, not other people."

Park is the real deal. She has been playing tournament golf around the world since her early teens, and she moved to Florida at age 12 to focus on golf and take lessons with Sean Foley, who is better known as Tiger Woods' swing coach.

Park recently provided her commitment to attend the University of Southern California. USC granted her a full scholarship for her amazing golf skills, and she will begin in the spring after graduating from MacArthur in January.

It's been incredible watching Park make the transition from a local unknown to a nationally-recognized athlete in just a short span of two years.

Eric Holden has been covering Long Island high school sports since 2009, and he served as a sideline reporter for MacArthur High School athletics during the 2011-12 school year. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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