With a few strokes of the pen, Jenna Sharp realized two childhood dreams. Since she was young, the Twin Falls High School senior has wanted to play college golf and attend school at Idaho State University.
She'll get to do both.
"I can't wait to be a Bengal," said Sharp, who emotionally thanked her family, friends and coaches before signing a National Letter of Intent with ISU on Tuesday.
Sharp's grandmother introduced her to the game of golf at age 5.
"I've been playing ever since," said Sharp. "I've tried really hard and worked really hard to get where I am."
Her coach agreed.
"She's worked hard for four years and it's nice to see it pay off," said Bruin golf coach Matt Harr. "Not too many kids get to do this so it's something special."
Sharp finished seventh at the Class 4A girls state golf tournament last week, shooting a two-day 166. She finished 10th at state as a junior. Her senior season included medalist honors at three events, highlighted by a 77 shot during some strong April showers at the Dale Mowrer Invitational played at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls.
"I'm so used to it now that I usually play better in crappy weather than good," said Sharp.
Rain or shine, she's ready to make her mark at Idaho State under third-year head coach Kellie Hooper.
"It's going to be awesome," she said, "and I'm just really excited to start and get better and improve. ... I'm just going to go in there and try my best to get up to the top."