For some high school athletes, the college recruiting process is a difficult, confusing and often perplexing time. Either a college choice is hard to make or the fear of never getting the opportunity to compete at the college level is front and center.
But for other prep athletes going through the experience, it never consumes much thought or tangles the emotions.
Put Rossview High’s Alexa Rippy in the latter category.
Rippy had a few offers, had some schools interested in her golf game and showed their desire to haul in one of Clarksville’s top high school golfers. But Rippy kind of knew all along where she belonged. And like so many other past area high school athletes who move on to play college sports, Rippy won’t be far from home.
The Rossview senior verbally committed to play golf at Trevecca Nazarene two weeks ago.
“Obviously it was a big decision for me,” she said. “But I wanted to stay in Tennessee above anything else. I had some offers from some other schools but it really just came down to Trevecca. I’ve always wanted to go there and I’m just glad they took a look at me and wanted me to play for them.”
Both Austin Peay and Belmont courted the Lady Hawks standout but Rippy said she knew she didn’t want to go to school in Clarksville.
“I love Austin Peay and that program and those coaches and if Austin Peay was in another city, I would have went there,” Rippy said. “I’ve grown up here all my life so I wanted to go to college out of town but not out of the state. I wanted to be close to home, close to my family and Trevecca was the perfect fit.”
Trevecca met Rippy’s needs both spiritually, academically and athletically. Rippy explained that her Nazarene roots and Trevecca’s on-campus church was a drawing card as well as the school’s shift from a NAIA program to a NCAA Division II school was vital.
That transition will be complete by the time Rippy arrives on campus next year.
“I’m very excited about that,” she said. “I always wanted to play college golf I just wasn’t sure at what level that would be. I respect the NAIA but I think the competition will be even that much stronger at the NCAA level.”
Rippy also was struck by just how natural the campus felt.
“It’s a very homely environment,” she said. “It reminds you of home. People care about you, the person. They’re not interested in you because you’re an athlete or whatever. There’s no judgment. They genuinely care about people .”
But as an athlete, Rippy should bolster Trevecca’s golf team that already signed Creek Wood’s Marlee Ingham and Station Camp’s Madison Campbell last spring for this fall’s season. Rippy will join them next year.
“I’m really looking forward to the practice time,” Rippy said. “I’ll have a chance to really improve my game. Most people who know me know I’m not the best short-game player so I’d like to work on that.”
Rippy has already had a solid summer in junior and amateur events. She finished second in the TGA Junior Tour’s Tournament of Champions and took third in the Ladies City Am and Hank Miles Jr. Golf Tournament. More recently, she finished second in the Hendersonville Invitational Monday.