WADSWORTH — Katy Ho just wanted to feel wanted, but she also wanted to feel at home.
The Wadsworth golfer found everything she was looking for at Ohio University and made an oral commitment to the Mid-American Conference school Monday.
The Bobcats are quickly turning into the Medina County All-Stars, as the three-time All-Gazette selection will join Highland’s Lauren McKinzie and Jessica McRae at the collegiate level.
“It’s awesome to know that my golf career will be continued in one of the best teams in the MAC,” said Ho, who will receive a partial scholarship. “Golf is a lifetime sport and anybody with the talent shouldn’t waste it.
“I really love that kickboxing is a method for training as well.”
Few players got more out of their natural ability than Ho, a talented musician and artist with a 3.6 grade-point-average who will major in physical therapy.
A year after bursting onto the scene in 2009, Ho teamed with younger sister Alice to form one of Northeast Ohio’s most dynamic duos. The Grizzlies were 24-10 over Katy Ho’s final three seasons, highlighted by back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Suburban League.
Ho, who sported a 39.1 average this fall, owns four of the top six 18-hole rounds in school history. She is also the only player to break par with a 1-under 71 at Prestwick Country Club on Aug. 20.
After finishing as a Legends of Massillon Division I District qualifier for the second time in her career, Ho selected Ohio over Findlay.
“What do I love about OU? I’m not going to lie — everything,” she said. “From the fact that there’s the Hocking River to the beautiful campus, great physical therapy program and student diversity.”
The Bobcats finished seventh in the MAC last season, but are clearly a young team on the rise led by freshman and former Massillon Jackson star Angela Codian. Ohio started two freshmen and a sophomore this fall, which closed with a third-place finish at the Dayton Invitational.
While Ho refrained from allowing friendly competitors McKinzie and McRae to significantly impact her decision, she didn’t hide her excitement when thinking about what the future could hold.
“Us three living nearby who had competed against each other before is super cool,” she said. “We are all real competitive golfers. Together as a team, we can only make each other better and stronger.”
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