The inaugural Best of Kansas Preps, presented by The Topeka Capital-Journal on behalf of Gatehouse Kansas Media, will be held in June and will honor the best high school athletes in their respective sports across the state for the 2017-2018 season. Hsiang (Shannen) Chin, a junior on the Monarchs’ golf team, is the only TMP-Marian student selected for this prestigious honor. The Player of the Year Awards for all sports will be presented at the banquet. Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year and Most Inspirational Awards will be announced along with several specialty awards. All award winners will enjoy a personal meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Paul Pierce, retired NBA player of the Boston Celtics/Washington Wizards and former KU player.

Chin won eight tournament titles out of 10 tournaments. She now holds the TMP-Marian nine-hole record with a score of 37 and 18-hole record with a score of 74. 

“Shannen’s mental approach to golf is superior. Her composure is rock solid. You can’t tell if she’s hit a good shot or a bad one because she reacts the same and keeps working the course,” TMP coach Jake Befort said.

Chin won the Class 3A state golf tournament with a score of 76 by playing the last 29 holes of the postseason.

“She played her best golf in October, late in the season. The sportsmanship and class she showed represented TMP-Marian well. She made us proud,” Befort said.