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Hazelet continues family tradition at next level

April 11, 2011

Columbia City senior Rachel Hazelet was joined by coaches and family when she signed her letter of intent to play women’s golf at the University of Saint Francis Monday. Front row, from left: father Bruce Hazelet, Rachel Hazelet and mother Kathy Hazelet. Back row: Columbia City assistant coach Andrew Thompson, Saint Francis coach Luke Cummings and Lady Eagles head coach Jim Thompson. Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz

   COLUMBIA CITY — Two golfers named Hazelet have gone through Columbia City girls’ golf and two have now moved on to the collegiate level.
   Monday, Columbia City senior Rachel Hazelet followed the same path as her older sister. Hazelet signed  her letter of intent to play women’s golf at the University of Saint Francis.
   As a Lady Eagle senior, Hazelet served as head coach Jim Thompson’s No. 1 golfer and example for his future golfers.
   “When I think of Rachel I think of determination and consistency,” Thompson commented. “She is doing what she’s doing because she worked harder than I think other people did. When you do that, ultimately,  you’re rewarded for it.
   “I think she’s a classic example of being rewarded for all her effort.”
   Rachel Hazelet is the second sibling in the family to play women’s collegiate golf. Older sister Ellen Hazelet also played under Thompson and took her golfing talents to Ohio Northern University.
   “Both Hazelet girls have been good examples of hard work paying off,” Thompson noted. “For her sister to get to go on and play college golf was great and now she (Rachel) gets to go and give it a shot.”
   For Rachel Hazelet, it’s been four years of hard work and it doesn’t stop now.
   “I’ve started varsity since my freshman year,” Hazelet said. “I practiced my butt off and I have to keep doing that too.”
   Hazelet will enter the fall at USF as a freshman majoring in legal studies.

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