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4/23/2014 10:10:00 AM
Sports: Harbor Springs senior to play golf for Kent State
Ellen Breighner. (Courtesy photo)
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Ellen Breighner. (Courtesy photo)

Harbor Springs High School senior Ellen Breighner made the Kent State University Women's Golf Team. She will join the team the first day of classes in August. Kent State is a top 25, Division 1, team that has dominated the MAC (Mid America) Conference for years. The Kent State University coach, Greg Robertson said Ellen has the upside to make his top five anytime in her first couple of years if she keeps up her work ethic and practices every day.

Ellen chose Kent State after also receiving a D-1 offer from Chicago State University and heavy interest from Western Michigan University. She also received interest from other D-1 and D-2 colleges and lots of smaller colleges.

Ellen was an All-State golfer for the 2013 Harbor Springs Girl's Team that won four invitationals, playing against several class A schools, and she medaled in almost every one. The team broke the school record for team scoring three times in 2013.

Ellen is the daughter of Joe and Laurie Breighner of Harbor Springs and has been working with Pete Kelbel, head golf professional at Walloon Lake CC and the Harbor Springs boys and girls golf coach, for the past two years as her primary instructor.

"I knew Ellen had an upside when she played practice rounds from the AJGA Tees last summer and shot a 70 and a 72 to beat her dad at the Boyne Highlands Moor course," Kelbel said. "We knew she was going to play college golf, it was just a matter of which college.

"Ellen felt better and better about making D-1 colleges and made this her goal as time went by. She made one of the toughest teams in the country and deserves it after all the hard work she put in. She know she has to work even harder to be as consistent as she looks forward to the challenge," Kelbel said.

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