Last stop for Lauren Miller before the campaign to win a PGA tour card – The All Sports Association’s annual banquet.
The Association awarded the soon-to-be SMU alum, and Niceville High School graduate their female collegiate athlete award for her dedication to community service during her NCAA career.
“Life is a roller coaster,” Miller told the members of the All Sports Association and their guests, “and at times, I haven’t understood why it played out as it did. But God’s providence continues to shine through, and I am abundantly grateful to be where I am today. Since entering college, I have begun to understand more and more the importance of having a village behind you and that nothing is accomplished on your own. This award may have my name attached to it, but it’s just as much mine as it is God’s, my family’s, my friends’, my teammates’, and my coaches past and present. Because, without their wisdom, love, and belief in me, this honor doesn’t happen.”
The All Sports Association gives the award to a collegiate student-athlete who exemplifies the characteristics the organization holds most valuable. Past winners from the Niceville Area include Drew Frederic (Troy, Baseball) Juanyeh Thomas (Georgia Tech, Football), Abbie Harrison (Florida, Track), Tyre McCants (South Florida, Football), Jessie Mullen (Kennesaw State, Softball), Lauren Day (Troy, Basketball) and Monica Johnson (Mercer, Volleyball).
The number of All Sports Association Collegiate Award Recipients who are also Niceville Alumni
Lauren had an impressive career at Niceville High School before she moved on to Mississippi State and then to SMU (probably the best school of all time, no bias😉).
While with the Eagles, she was the third-ranked player in the state and the first player to win Golfer of the Year four times from the Northwest Florida Daily News.
Her senior year, her team was state runner-up – thanks to a solid 147 score for her two rounds.
In addition, she tied for 31st at the Girls Junior PGA Championship in 2018 and had the lowest score ever at the FCA Girls High School Golf Classic.
Miller ended her collegiate career with two WGCA All-American Awards, an undergraduate degree, and two master’s degrees. She also finished in the top 20 four times.
While at Mississippi State, Miller helped the Bulldogs reach match play for the first time in school history at the SEC Championship.
All told, Miller finished her career with the Bulldogs with two top ten finishes, two top 20 finishes and a top 25 finish. In addition, Miller received the Coach’s Award twice, was nominated to go to the Top Dawg leadership academy at Mississippi State and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council from 2019-2022.
After earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at Mississippi State, Miller moved on to Southern Methodist University’s Women’s Golf Program. Miller helped the team win the 2022 Hurricane Invitational in Miami by playing in the top 25. The team took three second-place finishes as well.
By the end of the season, the SMU Mustangs were ranked a career-high 16th in the country.
🏆 Special Thanks to BayArea Awards, who allowed us to attend the All Sports Association banquet with them! Without their generosity, we wouldn’t have been able to put this story together.