Cabell Midland golfer Skylar Sayre signs with Shawnee State
HUNTINGTON - Dave Hopkins went to the Moses Cadillac auto dealership and came away with a top-of-the-line golf recruit.
The Shawnee State University women’s golf coach was on hand Thursday for the signing of Cabell Midland High School’s Skylar Sayre with his third-year program. Sayre works at the luxury auto dealership, alongside her dad, Mike.
“We’re happy to have her,” Hopkins said of Sayre, a left-hander who played on one of the more dominant teams in West Virginia the last four seasons. “The first day I saw her was not a very good day, but the next time I saw her she had worked on it and tried to figure it out. That’s what we’re looking for in somebody.”
Sayre, who plans to major in nursing, said Shawnee State, in Portsmouth, Ohio, was where she desired to go from the outset and never seriously considered other programs.
“They have a great nursing program and I get to golf, which I love,” she said. “I couldn’t be more thankful.”
Sayre played on the Tri-State Junior Golf circuit and the Callaway Tour, where Hopkins spotted her. He said the Bears’ 12-player roster from last season dwindled to five this winter and he has two other recruits who will help build the program back up.
“It’s been a process of finding young ladies who want to play golf,” Hopkins said. “We recruit a lot within an hour of our campus in Portsmouth.”
Sayre, who lists drawing and reading as hobbies, said she hopes to play immediately at SSU, which participates in the Mid-South Conference, part of the NAIA.
“My dad and I play whenever we can,” said Sayre, who took up golf at age 11.
Hopkins said Sayre made an excellent choice in signing with the Bears.
“We’re all in it for all the right reasons,” Hopkins said. “We want this to be a lifelong experience. We have a family atmosphere.”