Greenville’s Bohner signs with Aquinas

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:59 am on Monday, April 01, 2013

Greenville senior Jessica Bohner, middle, signs her letter of intent to play golf at Aquinas College on Thursday. With her are, left to right, mother Jessica Bohner, coach Nancy Johnson, brother Garrett Veihl and father Dan Bohner.

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team continues to win each and every year.

To do so, that means they have great golfers. Great golfers excel in high school and usually have the opportunity to continue their careers in college.

Following the path of former teammate Jessica Meloche (Indiana Wesleyan) and current teammate Britta Bernth (Florida Southern), senior Jessica Bohner signed a letter of intent to golf next year for Aquinas College on Thursday.

Bohner helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the Division 2 state finals this season and earned a Division 2 all-state honorable mention for her play.

“It’s what I’ve been working for all my life. I’ve been golfing since I was four,” Bohner said. “This is a great accomplishment for me and this was my one goal this year.”

“This has been a dream come true for her and it’s been wonderful for me to watch it all come together,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said. “She wanted to play in college and everything fell in place with Aquinas.”

Bohner averaged 44.1 for nine holes during O-K Bronze play in the fall, while her tournament average was 88.6. She shot a nine-hole low score of 41 at Egypt Valley Country Club and an 18-hole low score of 83 at The Links at Bowen Lake this year.

“This was my best year. I focused really hard on my whole game and it really paid off,” Bohner said. “I had my best averages and placed in the top 10 the most times this year.”

The all-conference golfer said Aquinas was her first choice.

“Aquinas was my first choice,” Bohner said. “I like that it is small and the school is really focused on business. I want to major in business and accounting. And the golf team is good. They won conference last year.”

Bohner placed seventh at the Division 2 regional tournament and finished 31st at the MHSAA state finals in October.

She credited her improved putting for helping her play this year.

“My putting was the focus and my biggest issue and I fixed it,” Bohner said. “I need to improve on my distance now off the drive. I’ve been working on that this winter.”

Bohner is the 17th Greenville golfer to go on to golf in college under Johnson.

“She will get a fabulous education and get to continue to play competitive golf at the college level,” Johnson said. “Who could ask for anything more at this point? We will miss her next year.”

Aquinas is a member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

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