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NORMAL — For Allison Enchelmayer, accepting a golf scholarship to the University of Evansville was like sweet music.

The Normal Community High School standout, who played in the Class 2A State Tournament all four years, will sign with the Purple Aces during the November signing period.

"Everything just worked out really well," said Enchelmayer, who finished in 37th place in last weekend's state tourney at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth. "I just wanted a small school and focus in on my major, which is music education. That's one of the longest running majors that they have in the music department there.

"Everything felt just right. It's a good distance away from home, just four hours which was my max. I was really happy with that."

Enchelmayer's play made NCHS golf coach Mike Aslinger really happy the last four years.

She was medalist three times in the regional and lost in a playoff for sectional medalist in 2017. Enchelmayer won the Intercity Tournament title twice and finished in the top three every year in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, winning as a junior.  

"Obviously, they're getting a phenomenal player," said Aslinger. "She's very polished and ready to move on to the next level. She's challenged herself over the past couple years playing in longer tournaments and in the more challenging tournaments to get herself prepared for college."

Evansville's men's and women's golf coach is Jim Hamilton. His father, Bob, was the winner of the 1944 PGA Championship and a Ryder Cup member in 1949.

"He knows a lot about the game of golf," said Enchelmayer. "He's a coach who really knows what he's doing.

"I also enjoy he tries to keep the team small, so everyone can play fairly often. I liked having a smaller team. In my freshman year (at NCHS) we had a team of six, and that was the closest team we've ever had."

The chance to play in the Missouri Valley Conference, in which Illinois State is also a member, perked Enchelmayer's interest.

"He (Hamilton) also told me he tries to arrange tournaments around from where people are from, so that means coming to the ISU invite here," she said. "That was a huge factor, where the tournaments are placed and how often my parents (Carl and Jill) could come."

Contact Jim Benson at (309) 820-3404. Follow him on Twitter: @Pg_Benson

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