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Abbigail Papke will play golf at the Virginia school, which is one of the top NCAA Division III golf schools

Crook County High School senior Abbigail Papke recently signed a letter of intent to play golf at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia.

The school, which was recently named one of the best small liberal arts universities in the Southeast, also has a reputation as a great golf school.PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GOLF - Abbigail Papke, left, holds her letter of intent as she stands with CCHS head girls golf coach Sarah Crofcheck during the golf awards banquet late this spring.

Papke, who was a varsity golfer each of her four years at CCHS, was one of the team's top players each of the last two seasons.

Three players from this year's Bridgewater team were recently named Division III All-Americans, including national champion Christina Herbert, who returns to the school next year.

"I think I'm going to be able to go in and immediately be a part of the team," Papke said. "I will be out on the golf course this summer as much as I can when I'm not working, and I'm really excited about the opportunity."

Papke will study biochemistry at the university with plans to eventually become a pharmacist.

"I have a lot of family in Virginia, and we were there visiting last summer," Papke said of how she ended up committing to play at a school in Virginia. "I have family that graduated from there, and it's beautiful out there and everything. They have everything that I want, and they have one of the best golf teams in the nation, so I feel really fortunate to be able to play there this fall."

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