The University of the Cumberlands was not even on Rachel Pingleton’s radar.
But once the Boyle County senior met the coaches and visited the school, Pingleton decided it was the right place for her to play college golf.
“The coaches contacted me and became interested, and I wanted to give them a chance,”¿Pingleton said. “I actually had family members tell (coach Chris Kraftick) about me, and he contacted me and talked to me and I¿really liked talking to him and the way they set up their program.”
And once she visited the Williamsburg school, she “fell in love with it.”
“They’ve got so much to offer academically as well as golf,”¿said Pingleton, who said she is planning on major in math to either teach or become an engineer.”
Pingleton chose Cumberlands over Morehead State and Campbellsville.
“Whenever I visited, that was my deciding factor,”¿Pingleton said. “I realized this is where I wanted to spend my four years of college. It’s a small Baptist college and it suits me well.”
Pingleton capped off her great prep career by qualifying for the state tournament for the third year in a row this past fall. She was also chosen to represent Kentucky at the Junior PGA Ryder Cup Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in July at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance.