Like her siblings before her, Cyd the Kid is going D-I.
Cydney Hasselberg signed a letter of intent to play golf for the North Dakota State University Bison, making her the fifth Hasselberg to play for a Division I college.
The six-year varsity member of the Staples-Motley Cardinals said it was the only college she visited. The school and program had what she was looking for.
"I was looking to be close to home and that's not too far away," the senior said. "I really liked the area. I played the Birchmont with some of the girls on the team and they talked to me about the program. They have a new coach and I met her and she's really nice."
The Bison coach is Lisa Schwinden. She expects Hasselberg to have an immediate impact. Three seniors will graduate from NDSU, which returns one sophomore and three freshmen.
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"She's just an excellent player all-around," Schwinden said. "She has the combination of good scores, a good swing and she comes from a great golfing family. She's already a great player, but she still has potential to become better."
If not great yet, Hasselberg has been consistent. Last year she placed fifth in the Class 2A state tournament. As a sophomore she was ninth. She finished eighth as a freshman and in her first year at state she placed 12th.
Her play earned her a three-fourths scholarship, which Schwinden said is very good for girls' golf.
"There is always a transition from high school to college golf," Schwinden said. "You're playing longer yardages. But Cydney has played against some good girls. She's played in some very good events where she's played longer courses. College golf is a different game, though. There is a lot more course management.
"Then there is being away from home and the many challenges school presents."
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Hasselberg has a good support group should she need it. All four of her older siblings played college golf. Her oldest sister Heather went to Purdue. Derek started at Iowa State before transferring to St. Cloud State. Dana went to Bradley and then to Bemidji State. Mary played at the University of Montana.
What next: Signed Division I letter of intent with North Dakota State University
"She's going to be a good player at whatever level she plays at," her father and coach Glen Hasselberg said. "She's a good player and she's going to be a good player. (NDSU) expressed an interest in her. She went and visited and liked the school and hit it off with the girls and coaches so that's where she picked."
Hasselberg had many options, but said she's glad her future is decided and she can concentrate on the season and getting back to state. It's not a guarantee she will make the state tournament with the quality of play in Section 6-2 with two-time defending champion Minnewaska leading the way.
"Hopefully I'll make it back to state," she said. "Everyone expects me to, but it's not that easy. I'm hoping to win it, but I don't want to get ahead of myself."
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