Lauren Volz is ready to sign on the dotted line.
The Huron High School senior golf standout will sign a national letter of intent this morning at Huron High School to enroll at Ohio University in the fall of 2011 on a partial scholarship as a member of the women's golf team.
Volz, working toward earning 12 varsity letters at Huron, talked about her decision.
"Ohio U. was my first choice and the only place I really wanted to go. I love the campus and since I want to major in physical therapy I felt this was the right place to be. They have a very good program in that area," Volz said.
Volz earned four varsity letters in golf, and has three in basketball and softball with their seasons ahead.
"I talked to coach Kelly Ovington and was impressed with what she had to say about her program, and the future. Ohio was in the middle of the pack in the (Mid-American Conference) last year and I would like to be able to contribute next year," Volz said.
The Sandusky Bay Conference 2010 Player of the Year feels she is ready for college golf.
"I played in the Callaway Series in Kentucky and Pennsylvania during the summer on some of the tougher courses and really believe it helped me a lot."
Volz played in the Division II state girls golf championships three years in a row and earned first-team All-Ohio honors as a junior with scores of 76-79 for a 155 total, and fourth in the individual standings. Last month, she posted scores of 75-80 for another 155 total and finished ninth overall for a second-team All-Ohio berth as the Tigers placed fourth among the 12 teams in the field, the highest for an area school in the brief history of two-division girls state play.
One highlight for her came during the conference season. She checked in with a record seven-under-par 30 on the front nine at the Thunderbird Hills North course with two eagles, three birdies and four pars.
"I had my best day putting with just 13 for the round. I eagled No. 1 and 8 and made long putts on each hole. The one on the first hole was about a 20-footer and the other (No. 8) was from 30 feet. Everything went so well that day," Volz said. She finished the SBC season with the lowest stroke average in girls history at 38.9 to earn the POY nod.
She thanked her coach and her parents.
"Coach (Frank) Gioffre is the reason I now have the opportunity to play in college. He taught me so much about the game and how to handle adversity. My parents (Jeff and Patty Volz of Huron) have been there for me right from the start and without their strong support I would not be in this position today," Volz said.
"After the state tournament was over, and before basketball practice started, I played golf with coach and I think my driving has improved so much, but now its time to concentrate of basketball and helping our team as much as I can to have a good season."
"Playing golf in college is something I've dreamed about since I started in junior high, but my top priority is to get a college education," said Volz, who carries a 3.7 GPA.