By Kyle Daubs
Randy Harpster is only a little jealous.
But anyone who knows the longtime Charleston basketball and former boys golf coach understands that feeling is based in love.
Harpster has led Charleston Middle School basketball to state appearances and has led Charleston High boys golf to a state championship, but his daughter Hannah will always have a title that he will never get.
“He’s super excited,” said Harpster. “And he’s jealous that he didn’t get to play golf in college and that I am.”
On Tuesday, Harpster officially signed her letter-of-intent to play college golf at Illinois College in Jacksonville.
Harpster is coming off a senior season where she helped pace the Charleston girls golf team to a state berth, although the state championship was ultimately not held, and earned all-Apollo Conference honors for the fourth season. At the IHSA Regional, Harpster finished third overall and then tied for 19th at the IHSA Sectional in Rochester. Harpster also helped lead Charleston to its first Apollo Conference championship in five years.
“They were drawn to me by my scores and a player on the team had told the coach about me,” said Hannah Harpster. “I had been emailed by a few different coaches and so I was talking to the coach for Illinois College for a little while when she offered for me to come for a visit. I felt as if I was at home right away.”
Harpster plans to major in nursing, a major factor in her commitment.
“I choose this college because of the coach and the nursing program,” said Harpster. “I have heard great things about both. When I personally went and met the coach, I felt an instant connection. I hope to make them better by just bringing a positive attitude and by knowing the game of golf pretty well.”
Illinois College coach Abby Vorreyer enters her eighth season overall, and her seventh as the coach of both the men’s and women’s programs. She led the 2019-2020 team to a second place finish in their conference, where three players earned All-SLIAC honors. Vorreyer has coached 13 All-Midwest Conference performances and 52 Academic All-MWC honorees.
Harpster is familiar with playing for excellent coaches.
“I would like to thank Deb Landsaw, Todd Keating, Stan Adkins, and Cody Drone for all always being there and supporting me by being the best coaches around,” said Harpster. “I would also like to thank my parents for always helping me to be the best I can be.”
After a successful high school career, Harpster is ready to hit the ground running and make a difference at Illinois College.
“To me, being a college golfer means going to the next level,” said Harpster. “It is a step up to playing with different people for other states that are also looking for the next level of competition. I can not wait to continue my golfing career this fall.”