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Mitchell's Megan Van Etten commits to Florida Gulf Coast

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Wed. March 24, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Mitchell's Megan Van Etten has orally committed to Florida Gulf Coast where she will play golf and major in psychology this fall.

Van Etten had offers from USF and Daytona State College. She also had interest from UCF.

Other than clicking with the team and the coach, Van Etten liked the idea of playing on a smaller team (six to eight players) and the opportunity to get more personal attention.

Her father, Roger Van Etten (a golf professional at Heritage Springs in Trinity), said she initially wanted to go to USF to play one final year with her older sister, Emily. However, the Bulls carry more players (12-15) and in the end she decided to play for a team where she could have a greater impact.

"She really liked the idea of a smaller team, more attention from the coach," Roger said. "That's a big reason she decided to go there. She knew she would play at either school but she thinks she'll contribute a lot more at Florida Gulf Coast and make a major impact on their program."

Van Etten helped guide the Mustangs to a state berth last season averaging 34.6 strokes per match. She won her third consecutive Sunshine Athletic Conference title, led the Mustangs to district and region titles and finished 16th individually at state.

Van Etten's younger sister, Rebecca, will be a junior at Mitchell next fall. 

igould@tampabay.com

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