Sacred Heart golfer Alex Bankovich will continue her playing career at William Woods University.
The Gremlin senior announced her choice at the school on Wednesday.
“It seems like a good fit,” she said. “Good golf.”
Bankovich likes the feel of the campus and the community, saying Fulton is not too big so she will feel like she’s back in Sedalia.
The home course for William Woods is Tanglewood in Fulton, a course Bankovich played once during her high school career.
“It was difficult at the time but I haven’t played it recently,” she said.
William Woods coach Barry Doty is a Sedalia native who graduated from Smith-Cotton and went to church at Sacred Heart.
“Alex is an outstanding player,” he said. “She shot a number of scores in the mid-70s here in her high school career and I think her best golf certainly lies ahead of her.”
His program took sixth at the NAIA national championships in 2013 and is ranked fifth in the pre-season poll. They closed out the fall 2013 season with four straight victories, capped off by a 42-stroke win at the Columbia College Cougar Classic. The Owls placed five golfers on the 2013 All-America team, including freshmen Myriam Hassan, Alejandra Ferrer and Jamie Palermo. Doty feels Bankovich will fit right in.
“It’s no different for every freshman coming in when you go from high school to college,” Doty said. “I look for her to come in and be a competitor for our top-five next year.”
Bankovich took fifth at the state meet in 2013 at the Sedalia Country Club including a first-day 78. At the 2012 state meet she shot a two-day 166 to claim seventh place. After the success she had at the high school level, Bankovich feels up to moving on to play in college.
“It’s going to be different, but I like a challenge so it will be good,” she said.