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Forbes headed east to B.C.

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Five other Cougars also sign with schools

By Dan Johnson

For her abilities on the golf course, Evergreen’s Chance Forbes has been afforded the opportunity to play on some great courses across the country.

Her skill is now affording  her the opportunity to go to college.

Forbes recently committed to Boston College, where she will join the Eagles’ Division I golf team in the fall.

For Forbes, who last year took third at the Class 4A state tournament and has been one of the state’s most consistent players the past three seasons, the opportunity to play golf at the highest level in college is exciting.

“I know I’m going to have to work hard, but I’m excited for the challenge,” Forbes said. “I wanted to go to a golf team that suited the way I play, and Boston College fit that for me.”

And, as for moving so far away from home?

“I’m not worried about it,” she said. “I have a lot of family back east and I go back there all the time.”

With the stress of choosing a college removed, Forbes has her focus set on finishing her prep career in style.

“Last year was really stressful, both on and off the golf course,” Forbes said. “This year, I can just focus on my playing my game, and that’s really nice.”

Also finalizing their college plans on April 8 was fellow Evergreen golfer, Bryan Schlichter, who will attend Fort Lewis.

For Schlichter, the transition from prep golf to college is all about consistency.

“You have to be consistent with all your clubs and be able to put up around the same score each time you go out to play,” Schlichter said. “That’s where my focus is at now, just trying to become a more consistent golfer.”

Travis Coe and Josh Ryon will both be attending Augustana College —  but for different sports. Coe heads there to play baseball, and Ryon will play football.

Volleyball players Abby Krane and Nicole Gruber both expressed excitement in having signed with their schools of choice.

Krane will attend Lamar Community College while Gruber is headed to Colorado School of Mines.

“My dad was the one who suggested I try out junior colleges to get my feet off the ground as a college athlete,” Krane said. “I looked at few schools but as soon as I toured the campus at Lamar, I knew it was where I wanted to go.

“It’s all very exciting.”