Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: Zoe Luther

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 2:21 PM

Zoe Luther

School: Sewickley Academy

Sport: Golf

Class: Senior

Claim to fame: Zoe Luther placed third in the PIAA West Region with 80 strokes and qualified to play in her third PIAA finals for girls golf, though this time on her own.

The girls team disbanded before the season after winning a state title in 2017 and finishing as the runner-up in 2018. If she has her way, the team will be reformed someday with her help.

Who is your favorite person to golf with?

That’s a good question. I like to play in a foursome with my family. We have a wide range of ability. Although I’ve gotten to play with a lot of incredible people, I think the competitive spirit is what drives me to want to play with my family. It’s a great bonding activity.

You joined the boys team this year and won a WPIAL title. Has it sunk in yet that you’re a WPIAL champion?

It was really exciting, because all of my teammates were already WPIAL champions. They have been for seven years. It was an incredible opportunity, and I loved being a part of such a successful program.

How did you feel about your performance at the West Regional?

I was really proud of how I performed, although it’s not the best of my ability. I feel I have a lot more potential, and I’m excited I will play in the state championships one last time this week.

Would you like to see a girls program again at Sewickley Academy?

It would be so incredible to see a girls team come back and flourish. There’s talk about starting girls in middle school, and I’ve already reached out to my coach to help bring that to fruition. I hope later this year and in future years I can see SA girls golf back and running.

What else are you involved in?

I am the yearbook editor. I am in speech, debate and mock trial. I am also the president of our Girl Up branch, an all-girl empower program run through a (United Nations) affiliated program. It’s really important, because it fosters female empowerment in STEM.