|Wood Signs With ASU|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Monday, 11 November 2013 09:20|
Watauga High senior Savanna Wood will make it official on Wednesday when she signs her National Letter of Intent with Appalachian State University.
Wood, who was The Player of the Year in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference this season, is a two-time conference champion and a four-time state quailifier. She finished in a sixth-place tie at the Class 4A state championships at Pinehurst Country Club No.6.
Wood fired a three-over par 75 on the final round and posted a two-day total of 155m, leaving her just six shots behind the leader and the state champion Emila Migliaccio of Raleigh-Athens Drive, who bested the field with with a 149. Migliaccio had a four-over 76 on the final round.
Wood finished in fourth place her sophomore year and she was 12th her junior year. Wood announced in August that she was going to continue her golf career at Appalachain State University next fall. She was offered a scholarship by Mountaineers coach Heather Brown.
"It's real exciting," Wood said. "It was an amazing feeling. I always wanted to play at the Division I level, and to be able to do it close home, makes it real special."
Wood will sign her National Letter on the first official signing day, November 13. ASU wasn't Wood's only choice. Wake Forest and North Carolina were among some of the other schools Wood was considering.
"Wake Forest had used up all of their scholarships, and I could have walked on at North Carolina," said Wood, who will major in biology at ASU. "There were some other smaller schools I could have considered, but ASU was the best choice. I love my family, and I love Boone. I'm not ready to leave this area just yet."
Wood nosed out Patricia Thompson of South Caldwell to win the NW3A/4A Conference championship. Wood finished with a one-over-par 37 in the final match of the season at Quakers Meadows Golf Club in Morganton, N.C. She won her second championship in three years with a total score of 194, besting Thompson by 11 shots.
Thompson struggled in her final match of the season and finished with a nine-over-par 45 and tied for sixth.
Wood will sign Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the WHS Media Center. She is the first WHS girl's golfer to sign with a Division I school.
Photo Courtesy: Savanna Wood, Pam Wood
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