By David Hughes
TERRE HAUTE — Danielle Rosselli, a 2008 graduate of Terre Haute North High School, is the first student-athlete to sign with the new women’s golf team at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.
She signed her national letter-of-intent Thursday.
Woods golf coach Steve Higham said he’s excited to have Rosselli as the first official member of the team.
“She’s not just a fine golfer, but she’s also a fine young lady,” he said. “She’ll be a very good representative for St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. We’re starting the team with a high standard and we’ll have to match that with our future recruits.”
A four-year varsity golfer at North, Rosselli said she’s been playing the sport since she was a youngster. In addition to being a member of the Patriots’ girls golf team, she was a member of the dance team, Interact, DECA and Youth Leadership. She also was elected homecoming queen, and she has volunteered with a number of organizations in the community, including Happiness Bag and the Light House Mission.
The daughter of Jeff and Terri Rosselli, Danielle Rosselli plans to major in psychology at The Woods. She said she’s excited about playing golf at The Woods with her old coach serving as her new coach.
“Honestly, it was a last-minute decision,” Rosselli insisted. “I played for [coach Higham] in high school, and when he called me, I thought it would be a great opportunity. I’m really excited and honored to come out to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College to play for its golf program.”
Deanna Bradley, athletic director at SMWC, said that while the college is recruiting for the new golf team, a full team and schedule are not expected to be in place until fall 2009. Students who are recruited for the golf program will spend the 2008 season playing in invitational tournaments and practicing on challenging courses to prepare for the 2009 season.
n East, Gurney win — At Clermont, Bobby East and Chuck Gurney Jr. were winners in a U.S. Auto Club doubleheader Thursday at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
East and Gurney both beat out regulars from the NASCAR Winston Cup tour to win.
East led all 100 laps to win the J.D. Byrider 100 for Silver Crown cars with Ryan Newman second and Chet Filip third. East also was fast qualifier for midget action and won his heat.
Gurney won his heat and led all 30 laps to win the midget main, with Kasey Kahne second.
Mario Marietta competed in both events. He finished 22nd in the Silver Crown race but failed to qualify for the midget main. Shane Hollingsworth was 23rd in the Silver Crown race.
Jerry Coons Jr. maintained his lead in the Silver Crown points race and has a 28-point lead over Levi Jones going into Aug. 10 action in Iowa. East assumed first in the midget totals, taking a three-point lead over Tracy Hines into the Belleville Nationals next week.
Silver Crown results
Fast qualifier — Shane Hmiel.
Feature — Bobby East, Ryan Newman, Chet Filip, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons Jr., Aaron Pierce, Levi Jones, A.J. Fike, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Mike Murgoitio, Brian Tyler, Eric Gordon, Jacob Wilson, Hmiel, Tracy Hines, Steve Arpin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael Annett, Brad Armstrong, Ryan Smith, Zach Schiff, Mario Marietta, Shane Hollingsworth, Tom Capie, Shane Cottle.
Fast qualifier — Bobby East.
Heat winners — East, Chuck Gurney Jr., Levi Jones, Tracy Hines, Kody Swanson (semi 1), Billy Wease (semi 2).
Feature — Gurney, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Santos III, Jones, Wease, Cole Carter, Schiff, Kevin Swindell, Swanson, Dakoda Armstrong.