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Academy at the Lakes Golfer Swings for Success

By October 14, 2019November 18th, 2019Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – October 14, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Tristin Perkins from Academy at the Lakes as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning October 14, 2019.

Athletic Director Tom Haslam nominated Perkins for his incredible talent and consistency on the golf course.

“Tristin, a freshman at Academy, shot a 9-hole 35 (1 under par) in our first tri-match this season,” Haslam said. “Tristin led Academy to victories against Tampa Catholic and Cambridge Christian. In Academy’s second match of the season, Tristin shot a 39 in defeating Hernando Christian.”

Golfing since he was a child, Perkins measures success not by the prize at the end, rather the work accomplished to get to the finish.

“I have always had a passion for golf and have wanted to perform at a high level since I picked up the game eight years ago,” Perkins said. “I like to be well balanced, so I picked up other sports along the way. I would like to perform well enough during golf season to advance out of the regionals and into the state tournament. In addition, I would like to perform at a high level during basketball and track seasons.”

Perkins recognizes the hurdles that come with being a young golfer balancing athletics and academics, but he chooses to take the challenge head on.

“In my golf game, my biggest challenge is overcoming the fact that I am growing so quick,” Perkins said. “It makes it difficult to maintain a consistent swing when your body is changing so rapidly. With school, it all comes down to the fact that high school is going to be much harder than middle school. I have a tough schedule with really challenging classes. Hard work, balance and being efficient with my time in both areas is how I am trying to overcome these hurdles.”

As big a workload as Perkins has made for himself, he is extremely qualified and ready to reach success. For other up and coming athletes, he had some advice.

“When working on trying to be successful in anything, it is important that you focus and be efficient when practicing, studying or performing,” he said. “It is also important to have a positive mindset even when things get really challenging and are not going your way.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view previous award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow and spine services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: and ‘like’ us on Facebook: