ALMONT — Lauren Bone, a 2009 graduate of Almont High School, signed a national letter of intent to become a part of the St. Francis College women's golf team recently.
The NAIA school is located in Joliet, Illinois.
Lauren was offered scholarships for both golf and academics.
Bone also garnered interest from Olivet College and several Michigan-based schools and was contacted by schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and West Virginia as well.
Her final two choices were between Olivet and the University of St. Francis. It was a win-win situation no matter what she decided, Lauren said.
When all was said and done, St. Francis got the nod. Their school not only fields a highly competitive golf program, but also offers an academic environment she feels comfortable in.
Lauren was looking for a college which had high academic standards, with smaller, personal class sizes. Saint Francis' Coach Tom O'Connor has built a reputation in the community for his work with youth and adults.
The proximity of St. Francis to Chicago also weighed heavily in Lauren's decision to attend the school as she enjoys the theater and cultural aspects of the city.
She attracted their attention by posting a 45.4 average per nine-hole round as part of the Almont boys' golf team this past spring.
As far as 18-hole outings were concerned, Bone also fared quite well. She shot a 90 at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Fore Lakes Golf Course; carded a 96 at the Holly Meadows Golf Course-based Brown City Invitat-ional; supplied a 96 at a Division 3 district hosted by Holly Meadows Golf Course; plus added a 100 at the Lapeer Country Club-based Lapeer Tuneup Tournament.
Bone concluded her fourth and final season on Almont's squad as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.
Her name also figures to appear prominently in the weeks ahead when the Tri-City Times All-Area golf lineup is announced.
Bone joins a St. Francis squad which is coming off an impressive fall campaign. Their list of accomplishments include a second at the Iowa Wesleyan College Invitat-ional; a third at the Elmhurst College Tournament; fifths at the North Central College Classic and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) Tourna-ment; and a ninth at Kentucky Wesleyan College Fall Classic.