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Guetersloh To Tee Off As A Panther

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Sara Guetersloh, signs her letter of intent to play college golf at Eastern Illinois University. Sara Guetersloh, is seated in-between her parents Dale and Tracey Guetersloh. Standing is NCHS Girls Golf coach Doug Kell, Sara’s sister, Jill Guetersloh, and NCHS Girls Golf Assistant Coach Don Hawkins.

By Brent Huelsmann

After bookending her career with state trophies, Sara Guetersloh, has decided to play golf collegiately at Eastern Illinois University. Guetersloh finished off her career at NCHS as a member of the Hornettes team that captured the second place trophy in IHSA Class 1A. The Hornettes also captured the Southern Illinois River to River Conference Championship, the Regional Championship, and the Sectional Championship this season. In Guetersloh's freshman year, the Hornettes won the IHSA Class 1A State Championship.

Guetersloh talked about her final season. “I'm really proud of my team and what we accomplished and how we got second place at state.”

Guetersloh, who had been looking at Eastern Illinois University for a while said she chose the university because it was “it was close to home and I like everything about the program. It was a hard choice, but I really liked Eastern the best.” Eastern Illinois plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. Guetersloh went on to say, “I've always wanted to play college golf ever since I've started to play golf.”

Nashville High School head coach Doug Kell talked about the player that the Panthers are getting. “She's a real hard worker. She's worked real hard since I've known her, since her freshmen year. She's getting very good at the game, managing the course well. I know that they will round her out into the player that they need. Her scores have consistently gone down since her freshmen year, which is a great thing and one of the main contributors over the past couple of years for our team. They are getting a real good player, real good teammate, and I'm sure she will enjoy it there and they will enjoy having her.”

Kell went on to talk about the strengths of Guetersloh. “From what I've seen, her short game is really good, around the greens, chipping, putting, and that's really where you score. They'll build up her strength, and she'll get longer off the tee, longer out of the fairways, stronger out of the rough, different things like that, but around the greens, up and downs, very consistent, and thats really where her scores got the most benefit.

Kell also talked about, Guetersloh’s performance over the past four years. “Consistent, getting better each year, a score you could count on, anywhere from the high 70s to the low 90s, so that's very good.”

While at Eastern Illinois, Guetersloh plans on studying marketing.