WADSWORTH — The Southern Illinois women’s golf team had success with Alice Ho, so the Salukis decided to recruit her sister.
Wadsworth senior Secilia Ho was OK with following in Alice’s footsteps, as she accepted a full scholarship offer from the Division I school.
“It was the atmosphere and all,” said Secilia Ho, who will major in mechanical engineering. “I fell in love when I had my visit there. When I met the team, there was some sort of connection we had instantly. There was diversity, and it had everything I wanted. It just had so much to offer.”
Alice Ho was a four-year starter for Southern Illinois and earned a Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week award as a senior. The Salukis changed coaches in June, when SIU graduate Danielle Kaufman replaced her college coach, Diane Daugherty, and began recruiting Secilia Ho.
Southern Illinois placed fourth at the nine-school MVC Preview on Oct. 15. The Salukis have only two seniors on the
10-player roster, but Ho’s comfort level was enough to select the school over Gannon (Pa.), where she would have played with Medina graduate Alyssa Drehs.
“(Alice) told me that there is a really good church network there she can introduce me to,” Secilia Ho said. “She has a lot of connections there, obviously, so it’s nice to have that.”
Ho was a four-time All-Suburban League selection for Wadsworth and tied for 19th at the Division I state tournament last month. Her 38.3 average this fall broke Alice’s school record, and her other averages of 39.9, 40.3 and 40.7 rank seventh, eighth and ninth.
Ho is the third D-I golfer from her family, as oldest sister Katy played for Ohio University.
“I know my parents are really happy,” Secilia Ho quipped. “They put so much time and money into us. It was worth their investment. It’s nice to pay them back them back a little bit.”