Getzin signs for golf

From Herald Staff Reports

JASPER — Annie Getzin admits it: When she’s away from the golf course, it can be hard for her to get excited about the game she’s so fond of when playing.

So when she sat inside the office of Eastern Illinois University women’s golf head coach Mike Moncel last August — removed from the course — and felt that passion, Getzin knew there was something special with the Panthers’ program.


Wednesday, Getzin decided to pursue that passion, signing a letter of intent to play golf at the Division I school in Charleston, Ill., an hour west of Terre Haute.

“It’s hard for me to be passionate about golf when I’m not playing it. I forget about the ups and the downs and everything. I grow distant from it,” Getzin said. “Whenever I was talking to (Moncel), he made me feel that passion, that drive that I have when I’m on the course. That’s something that a lot of coaches can’t get with me.”

In Getzin, the Panthers welcome the 11th-place finisher in last October’s state finals, a four-time state finals qualifier and a sectional medalist as a senior last fall.

At Eastern Illinois, Getzin will unite with a ninth-year head coach who emphasizes short-game refinement, to Getzin’s delight, and one “who’s going to push me,” she said.

“I’m excited to improve. He said something like, ”˜I need a hammer. I need a No. 1 player,’” recalled Getzin, the daughter of Paula and Eric Getzin of Jasper. “And I was like, ”˜Well, I want to be that hammer.’”

She was for Jasper last fall, when she posted the Wildcats’ best score in 14 of the team’s 19 outings, including the sectional and regional. And furthermore, she fused performance with enjoyment, Jasper coach Steve Milligan said.

“She wants to get better every day out,” Milligan said. “I always say that every round you go out, you want to have fun out there. She had fun every time she was out there. And she made the other girls around her better.”

For a girl who started playing in seventh grade when she went to the five-day Gongaware Academy golf camp in Franklin, came back with bloodied and blistered hands and a big smile on her face, the college choice seemed perfect. The facilities aren’t the best, she admitted. And the weather isn’t ideal, as she experienced during her second visit to the campus with her mother in February. But the team felt like family. And one that shares a like-mindedness of being willing to work.

“In college, you’re playing because you love the sport and you want to be good at it,” said Getzin, who’s still undecided on a major but will minor in business. “So I’m excited to be surrounded by people who are going to make me better.”

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