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North's Gossard signs with Ashland

April 13, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Becky Gossard, center, is flanked by her mother, Kim, and father, Andy, as she signs her letter of intent to attend Ashland University. Standing is North golf coach Joel Rice.
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HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown senior Becky Gossard will continue her golf education on the NCAA Division II level next year after signing a natonal letter of intent Wednesday to attend Ashland University.

Gossard, who competed in four Maryland state tournaments, will change seasons and teams of sort.

College golf competes in the spring as opposed to high school in the fall, and now she will compete on all women’s teams.

Ashland University is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and sits off the I-71 corridor in Central Ohio, about 70 miles north of Columbus.

“I’m happy with my four years I had at North,” said Gossard. “Ashland has opportunity, I liked the coach and the players.”

Ashland currently is ranked first in the Division II East region. The school, which uses Ashland Country Club as its home base, will be hosting regionals next year at Akron’s Firestone Country Club.

“I’m sure I’ll be a little nervous,” said Gossard. “I’ll have a club in my hand every day between practice and golf and playing with all girls.”

Ashland head coach Pam Leonard was happy signing Gossard, who becomes the first recruit ever from outside of Ohio.

“We graduate three seniors this year so it was very important we recruit a player we feel can step right in as a freshman and score in the 70s to help us keep moving forward as a program,” said Leonard. “I think she’ll have a successful, competitive career and receive a quality education.”

Gossard, who averaged 39 strokes per nine holes of competition as a three-time Herald-Mail all-star, said she plans on studying early education, looking to become a teacher.

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