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Women's Golf Adds Two in Early Signing Period

After a strong fall season, Kelly Ovington has added two future Bobcats in the early signing period

Dec. 5, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Golf is pleased to announce the addition of its two latest signees, Hailey Hrynewich and Jessica McRae. These two high school student-athletes will join the program in advance of the 2013-14 academic year.

“I’m excited about the class we have coming in,” Head Coach Kelly Ovington said. “We have a young team right now and I wanted to build on that. The addition of Jessica and Hailey will make for a good fit, both athletically and academically. Their attitudes are great; they are hard workers. I’m hoping to have them help elevate the program even another step past where we’ve gone so far.”

Hailey Hrynewich | Mona Shores HS | Muskegon, Michigan
A very strong golfer from the western shore of Michigan, Hailey Hrynewich comes to Ohio after helping lead Mona Shores High School to four straight Division Two state team titles and conference championships. Hailey made the Michigan All-State Division Two Golf Team during the first three years of her career and saved her best for last, earning a spot on the Michigan Super Team as a senior. The Michigan Super Team is a very elite group, consisting of only the top eight golfers for all divisions in the state of Michigan.

In addition to the team achievements she was an important part of, Hrynewich has stacked up well individually throughout her career. Hailey once tied for a state individual title before losing in a playoff and placed fifth overall (stroke play) in the Michigan Junior Girls’ Amateur Tournament this past summer.

“She is mentally tough and has a very strong playing background,” Ovington said. “She has played in a number of national and regional tournaments, and her high school team has been extremely successful over the last four years in Michigan. She has a history of winning and knows what it takes and what level of commitment it will take to help elevate this program.”

Upon becoming a student at Ohio University, Hailey intents to major in Broadcast Journalism.

Jessica McRae | Highland HS | Medina, Ohio
Jessica will come to Athens from Highland High School in Medina, where she was formerly a teammate of current Bobcat golfer Lauren McKinzie. She has had a strong hand in her high school program’s success, helping to lead the Hornets to four consecutive state tournament appearances. The team has performed progressively better on the big stage each season, placing eighth her first year, fourth her second season, third her third season, and second during her most recent season.

A four-year letterwinner, Jessica has earned multiple regional honors. Following the 2009-12 seasons, she was named to the All-Suburban League First Team, the All-Northeast Ohio First Team, and the All-Gazette Girls Golf First Team. McRae was named Second Team All-Ohio following the 2012 season and also earned Academic All-Ohio honors.

In addition to her Academic All-Ohio honors, Jessica has earned a very impressive 4.294 grade-point average and was a member of both the National Honor Society and the Honor Roll. Upon becoming a student at Ohio University, McRae intends to major in Pre-Medicine.

“Jessica also comes from a strong program at Highland High School,” Ovington said. “Her school is always in contention at the state tournament and has a very good lineage of players. She’s surrounded herself by very strong family support and a good coaching staff, helping her game develop in the last year. It has been exciting to watch, because she has become so much better in the last nine months. She’s very eager to take her game to the next level and I think she is just starting to blossom as a player, which is just what we’re looking for when student-athletes arrive here.”

Ohio Women’s Golf ended the 2012 fall season with a third-place finish at the University of Dayton Fall Invitational. The Bobcats were led by freshman Angela Codian’s second-place finish in the field of 92 golfers.