Rend Lake College sophomore golfer Josh Harp of Benton was joined by his parents (SEATED) Richard and Marla Harp, as well as Warriors coach Lucas Cromeenes (STANDING, LEFT) and RLC Athletic Director Tim Wills when Harp signed his national letter of intent Thursday to play at the University of Illinois - Springfield in the fall. CLICK HERE for a larger image.
INA, Ill. – Rend Lake College sophomore golfer Josh Harp signed a national letter of intent this week to play at the University of Illinois - Springfield in the fall. Harp, a 19-year-old political science major from Benton, said it's the perfect fit.
“I’m extremely happy,” Harp said. “I couldn’t have made a better choice, for my major especially. Smaller class sizes, a beautiful campus and to be able to come in and help them reach their goal of winning a regional championship – I’m absolutely thrilled.”
Harp said Prairie Stars coach Frank Marsaglia is in the process of rebuilding the program which competes in the NCAA DII Great Lakes Valley Conference.
“I think Josh made the decision based on school probably more than golf, but I think he will be the best player they have when he gets there,” said RLC Coach Lucas Cromeenes.
Harp got a late start in golf. He first picked up the clubs as a junior at Benton Consolidated High School. The fast learner has grown into the top sophomore at Rend Lake recruited by a number of schools. He said RLC has meant a lot athletically and academically in his progress over a short time.
“Being able to play at RLC over the last couple of years has helped me get more confident and comfortable, and get my general classes completed toward my major.”
The offer he accepted from UIS consists of both an academic and athletic scholarship, which will combine to cover tuition.
“Josh has always been outgoing, dedicated and passionate about golf,” said his mother, Marla Harp. “He is driven. He tries hard at everything he does.”