July 24, 2016

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College signing: Alicia Kindig links up with Malone

WADSWORTH — Alicia Kindig has made her decision, and she’s taking her talents to Canton.

The Wadsworth senior made it official and signed to play golf for Malone University, which is in the process of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

Alicia Kindig

Alicia Kindig

Kindig earned a partial scholarship despite taking up the sport just four years ago.

“It feels amazing to know my golf career will be continued,” she said. “I never in a million years thought I would have an opportunity like this. To know it was all because of my five- to eight-hour days at the course to catch up to the girls who have been playing (longer) is simply mind blowing.

“I always told myself I wanted to be a college athlete, but I never knew it would be in golf.”

Kindig chose Malone over Coker (N.C.) so her parents, Walter and Cindy, could watch her play and because the food was “amazing.”

The 18-year-old will major in pre-med with hopes of later moving on to Ohio State. She also has an opportunity to start right away for the Pioneers, who were second in the American-Mideast Conference this spring.

“As a freshman, I knew I wanted to make a huge impact and want to see my team winning because of my talent,” she said.

Kindig gave up basketball to concentrate on golf, and the results spoke for themselves.

The three-year starter blossomed last fall with 49.4 average under the tutelage of coach Kacie Larabee. More importantly, Kindig provided invaluable leadership for a young Grizzlies team that finished runner-up in the Suburban League for the first time in school history.

Now, she’ll be living a dream.

“I wanted it bad, and this past summer I worked really hard every day and read books,” she said. “Now that I have the opportunity to play with girls at a college level who have been playing since they were little — and I just started four years ago — is amazing. Hard work and dedication pay off. Believe it.”

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.