Sacred Heart senior Olivia Sobaski signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play college golf at Central Missouri.
“I looked at a lot of different schools and got offers from another handful of schools but it all basically came down to coaching and what kind of quality program I want to go to,” she said.
Sobaski will be playing for Chris Port, who started the womens golf program at UCM in 2012. Port himself is a former UCM golfer, graduating in 1992 after playing for the Mules under coach Tim Poe. For the past seven years, he has been the head golf pro at Keth Memorial Golf Course.
“Even though UCM is a brand new program, there’s a great coaching staff there,” Sobaski said. “I’m really going to be able to grow my game that way.”
The Jennies call Keth Memorial home. It’s a course Sobaski has played twice and she said it is one she can get used to.
“They just rebuilt it, it’s really nice,” Sobaski said. “The greens are still pretty slow just because it’s new, but it’s really nice.”
In the short time Jennies golf has been around, UCM has gone from taking 10th in the MIAA in its first season to back-to-back fifth place finishes. As UCM looks to build a history, Sobaski gets to be in on the ground floor.
“All of UCM’s sports programs are so strong right now and I think they really want the girls golf program to pick up,” she said. “A new program has to build from something and I think we can make it an awesome group and I’m really excited for it.”
The four-time state meet qualifier comes off a senior season which saw her tie for third at the Class 1 state meet in Joplin, take second at the sectional meet and win the district meet by 15 strokes.
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