Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 10, 2013

St. Anthony standout set to swing for UMSL

Brad Rohlfing has always been a personal coach to daughter Miranda on the links, it just became his official title this past season.

Brad, who took over the reigns of the St. Anthony girls golf team in the fall, helped Miranda realize her vast potential in 2012. Miranda placed 16th at Decatur's Red Tail Run Golf Club in the Class A state tournament, firing a two-day score of 164 in her third trip to states.

"It was great (having my dad)," Miranda said. "I was glad I could walk down the fairway and he could coach me down the fairway, he's always been there."

The father-daughter bond allowed each to voice their opinion without any fear of consequence, and Miranda said she was grateful for her father's sometimes fiery approach.

"I'm glad for that," she said. "That's helped me make my game stronger."

Miranda will now take her skills to the college circuit, signing a letter a letter of intent this week to play for the Tritons at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

"I'm really excited," Rohlfing said. "That's always been a dream of mine to play college golf. I'm really glad I got to sign with them, I know they're a good team, I'll get to develop my game."

The St. Anthony senior will also get the chance to develop her passion for nursing, as she plans to major in the discipline.

Miranda said she heard from other schools, but UMSL's combination of nursing and golf had her sold.

"I'll get the best of both worlds," she said. "I'll do nursing and play golf, this school was the perfect fit."

Miranda also looked at Indiana State, but said she wanted to make an immediate impact on the team, rather that sitting and waiting for her turn that may never come.

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