Senior closing book on golfing chapter

Marisa Dalessandro

Gabby Wedding practices her golf swing at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna. Wedding has been a part of a Kent State program that has dominated the Mid-American Conference. She has helped lead the Flashes to four straight MAC golfing titles and won MAC

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The stereotypical future for someone who has spent four years as one of the top athletes is an ascension to the professional ranks and the glory that comes with it.

As senior golfer Gabby Wedding’s collegiate career comes to an end, her life will take a slightly different turn from that stereotype. She has a busy summer planned which includes an internship at home in Wilmington, marriage and hopefully, a job after that.

There will be no million-dollar signing bonus and no pro-endorsements deals. In fact, there may not be any golf.

“We’ll have to see what it’s like not playing golf for a while,” Wedding said.

No matter how she spends her time post-Kent State, Wedding has a long list of achievements from her four years on Kent State’s women’s golf team.

Not only has the senior golfer’s team been Mid-American Conference Champions every year, but Wedding has earned herself the title of MAC Golfer of the Year for two consecutive years. Wedding also won a spot on the MAC 2004-05 women’s golf Academic All-MAC and first team All-MAC honors. Those are some of Wedding’s proudest moments.

“It’s a combination,” Wedding said. “I also kept my golf at the level I wanted while maintaining school. It’s been hard to juggle both.”

She has managed to maintain a 3.97 GPA in marketing.

Wedding’s career in the MAC ended the same way it began April 23. Wedding, along with the rest of the Flashes, took home a fourth consecutive MAC Title. Going into the MAC Championship, Wedding said she and her team were confident.

“This time of year we all start to peak. We seem to just come together,” Wedding said.

Up next for the team is the NCAA Central Regional tournament Saturday. Wedding said she is confident the Flashes will end the season strong against the nation’s best.

“We can definitely get there and contend… definitely finish in the top 20,” Wedding said.

Contact sports correspondent Marisa Dalessandro at [email protected].