While she didn’t play golf until her sophomore year at Brownstown Central, Brooke Hattabaugh still put in her time on the links.

In August, Hattabaugh will join the Brescia University women’s golf team as

a freshman.

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“I knew that if I really set my mind to playing (college golf) I could do it,” Hattabaugh said. “After junior year I decided I wanted to, and I worked really hard up through my senior year.”

On Thursday, surrounded by friends and family, Hattabaugh signed her letter of intent to the NAIA school in Owensboro, Kentucky.

“They found me and were interested, so I went down and visited,” Hattabaugh said. “I met some of the girls on the team and knew I would like it there. I love how it’s a small Catholic school, and I’ll have more one-on-one time in the classroom.”

Brescia competes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and travels to several courses across the country during the spring and fall sports seasons.

“I like how I will be away,” Hattabaugh said. “It’s in Kentucky, so it’s not too far away, but it’s far enough where I can be my own person.

“I will get to travel, so

my family will get to see me in some matches,” Hattabaugh added.

This past season, Hattabaugh and the Braves made it to regional play.

“(Hattabaugh) was pretty consistent throughout the season,” Bearcats coach David Ballou said. “If we can keep her in the low 80s she will be good to go for us. We will have eight to 10 kids; I’m losing two this year. With the scores she can shoot she could be in our top five.”

Braves coach Jennifer Schneider saw Hattabaugh develop on the course during her tenure.

“She just really put in a lot of time in the offseason,” Schneider said. “She played all-year round and worked on all aspects of the game. I saw her develop great course management, which is key going into collegiate golf. You can tell she really has a love for the game.”

The Braves girls golf program now has had three golfers advance to the collegiate level in the past eight seasons.

“If she calls me up I will play with her anytime,” Schneider said. “I would love to see her play, and she’s not too far away. Going to see my girls play collegiality is really cool.”

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.