Columbia College head women’s golf coach John Utley announced the signing of Lauren Hawley for the 2018-19 golf season. Hawley will be a freshman athletically when she arrives on campus next fall.
Hawley, a 5’6 golfer out of Pittsfield, Illinois, played her prep career at Pittsfield High School. While at PHS, Lauren received the Clay L. Irick Award for low average (girls and boys) in 2016 and 2017, she was a medalist in the 2016 Macomb Invitational Tournament, and a two time State Tournament qualifier. In addition to those accolades, Hawley was also a two time IHSA Regional Runner-Up, two time Robbie McEvers Tournament Champion, and two time Drysdale Match Play Runner-Up. She led her team to the 2016 ISHA Regional Championships, while they were also two time IHSA Sectional qualifiers.
“Having a player achieve the right to continue their academic and athletic opportunities beyond our high school programs is always a happy moment,” said James Fledpausch, Lauren’s high school golf coach. “I have had the pleasure to work with Lauren in many activities from a very young age, and although I will certainly miss her talents and abilities, I am proud of her development and successes. Lauren has worked for and earned this new challenge and adventure.”
In addition to Hawley’s success on the course, she also excels in the classroom. While at PHS, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club, Chorus, Swing choir, marching, concert, jazz and pep bands, sideline cheer and competitive cheer, FFA, and Rotary Interact.
“I am excited to have Lauren joining our program,” said Utley. “Lauren is athletic and a competitor. She will be an asset both in and out of the classroom.”