HOT SPRINGS — Hot Springs senior Schuyler Wetzel recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Chadron State College Eagles women’s golf team.

Wetzel is expected to have an immediate impact on the team next season, provided she continues the streak of success she is currently enjoying in her senior year with the Hot Springs Bison.

Through the first four weeks of competition this spring, Wetzel has earned medalist honors in five of the team’s seven meets, including back-to-back career-best rounds in the past two weeks — first shooting an 18-hole round of 76 at Hart Ranch in Rapid City on April 5, followed by a two-over round of 72 at Prairie Ridge Golf Course in Box Elder on April 10.

Chadron State College is an NCAA Division II school competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which next year will also include Black Hills State University in Spearfish. CSC is coached by Terri Connealy, who is currently in her second year at the helm.

Phil Wetzel said Schuyler had also considered attending Colorado State University next year, but the close proximity of Chadron to Hot Springs and the smaller size of the school eventually won out. He also said they were very impressed with Connealy’s work ethic and focus on education.

Schuyler, who plans to study business at Chadron, said one of the things she is looking forward to most as a member of the CSC golf team is the travel and the competition at the other courses throughout the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

But for now, her focus remains on continuing to help lead her team to a state title next month when her home course of Southern Hills Golf Course plays host to the State Class A state meet on May 21-22.

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