Two of NICL West’s best sign with DMACC golf squad

The DMACC women’s golf program has found itself in the final NJCAA rankings at season’s end the last three years.

It’s something that makes the Bears a right fit for Grundy Center’s Baylie Wrage.

A contributor on Grundy Center’s storied golf program for the last two seasons, Wrage recently signed her letter of intent to play golf at DMACC in Boone.

“I think DMACC will be a good fit for me,” Wrage said. “It is not too far from home and I can walk out of my apartment and the campus and golf course are right there. I also like that DMACC is a small campus.”

The Grundy Center senior has been a part of the last two of the Spartans’ eight straight state tournament qualifiers. The Spartans placed second in Class 1A a year ago and third in 2011, with Wrage’s score counting both times.

As a junior, Wrage earned second-team all-state honors, was an all-North Central District selection and the recipient of the squad’s Maxine N. Briggs Award.

Wrage was an all-conference performer as a sophomore, finishing fifth in the NICL West Division tournament, and eventually placed 20th at state individually.

She has a career scoring average of 55.2 per nine holes, but in 2012 she carded an average round of 46.8 for Spartans golf coach Rick Schupbach.

“I really like what the DMACC golf program has to offer,” Wrage said. “Academically, the small class size was a contributing factor in my interest in DMACC. I will be able to work on my undergraduate degree at an affordable price and perfect my golf game.”

Wrage is a three-year letterwinner on the Grundy Center golf squad while also lettering in cross country, volleyball and basketball during her prep career.

She will be joined at DMACC by another member of the NICL West’s best of the best in South Hardin’s Cami Eller. Eller also is a three-year letterwinner in golf and is a member of the basketball team and a football cheerleader.

“DMACC seems to have a very good athletic program and it’s nice that most of the students who attend DMACC are involved in a sport,” she said. “DMACC also has a good academic program and I like that it is small so I can get to know my professors and get a better education.”

Eller has been a part of two South Hardin state qualifier squads, both her freshman and sophomore seasons. As a junior she was a Class 2A all-North Central District selection after finishing sixth at regionals – one place shy of an individual state berth – as well as fifth at districts and seventh in the NICL West Division tournament.

“If I am able, I would like to play golf at a larger school after attending DMACC,” Eller said. “DMACC will also help me fully decide on what I would like to do after college.”

Both Wrage and Eller signed their letters of intent on Feb. 18.