Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 18, 2013

Glasgow's Alexander joins WKU golf program

By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — For the second time in five days, a Lady Scottie inked her intent to become a Lady Topper.

On Monday morning at Glasgow High School, Glasgow senior Emily Alexander signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Western Kentucky University beginning next year.

She joins Shalika Smith as a future Lady Topper. Smith signed her letter of intent Thursday to join the WKU women’s basketball program.

“I am definitely excited about becoming a Hilltopper,” Alexander said while standing in the GHS cafeteria after putting her signature on the paperwork.

The room was filled with students, family and friends who had come to support Alexander. “It means a lot to have  all of my teammates and my family and friends to come out and support me today,” she  said. “Without them, it definitely couldn’t have happened.”

She said choosing WKU was an easy decision in the end. “I looked at some other schools, but at the end of the day, I realized Western was the place I needed and wanted to go.”

Alexander came to golf later in life than some former Lady Scotties who have also played collegiately.

“I started playing when I was in the seventh grade,” she said. She will be a senior on the Glasgow girls’ basketball team this year, and she played softball until she chose to focus more time on improving her golf skills.

“The year after I started playing (golf), I started to realize there are a lot of opportunities … and I guess I kind of caught the bug … and realized it was what I wanted to do,” Alexander said. “My father (Rich Alexander) always (said), ‘if you want to do it, this is what you can do.’ … He was supportive every step of the way.”

“Golf was never really my sport, but you could tell the more time she put into it, it was something she was going to be able to pick up on,” Rich Alexander said Monday. “From that point forward, she really focused on it and her game improved at a pretty quick rate.”

Emily comes from a family that has some experience with sports after high school. Her brother Trey and her uncle Matt have both played baseball in college and her grandfather Rick had a scholarship to play football at the University of Kentucky.

“About a year ago, Emily and I met and one of the things we talked about was what she wanted to do in the future,” Glasgow girls’ head golf coach Kellie Lee said. “She wanted to play golf collegiately. We made a plan and she worked really hard to follow that plan.”

“Emily is a very special young lady. She was always there to encourage and work with the younger players,” Lee said.

Alexander said WKU’s program is on the rise and she believes it will be a place that she fits into well.

“Western has a great golf program,” Lee said. “I think there is a really good team culture there which I think Emily will really enjoy.”

A special prize Alexander learned about Monday was that she was selected by regional coaches as Player of the Year.

“I thank everybody for everything they’ve done and go Hilltoppers,” Alexander added.