Halley Morell was informed by the University President at Robert Morris in December that effective the end of the 2013-14 Academic year ending in early May, that the University was cutting 7 Division I athletic programs, including Women’s golf. After getting over the devastating news she was contacted immediately by dozens of University Golf Coaches and embarked on a very intense several month long recruiting barrage and visits taking her across the Country from North Carolina and Virginia in the East to Wyoming in the West, from Illinois in the North to Texas in the South. I am pleased to report that she has made it official by recently signing her National Letter of Intent accepting the scholarship offer to join the Penn State University Women’s Golf team and will be transferring there in the fall to compete in the Big 10 Conference. Prior to accepting the scholarship offer at Penn State, she entertained numerous scholarship offers and opportunities to play college golf from around the country including from Purdue University, St. John’s, Georgetown, Dartmouth, Bradley, Wyoming, Marshall, Drake, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Missouri-KC, Texas A&M-CC, Morehead State and many others, including local schools such as Akron University, Kent State, Cleveland State, Ashland College and Malone University.
Notwithstanding the foregoing news, Halley had a rather successful 2013-14 Collegiate season, where she recorded 7 top ten finishes in 9 events, including 1 win and 6 top 5 finishes. She concluded her season with back to back Individual Runner-Up placements, and during the Spring season, in 5 events she had 4 top 5 finishes of 5th, 4th, 2nd & 2nd place respectively. She leaves Robert Morris University holding their single season scoring average record, their career scoring average record, and 54 hole tournament record. She was selected by the Northeast Conference in April as their Player of the Week, and just this past week she shot 73-75-75=223 at the LPGA International Resort, where they hold the final stage of the LPGA tour qualifying school, finishing as individual runner-up in the Northeast Conference Championship and selected to the All-Tournament team. She had her 2nd career hole-in-one last week on the #3 hole at the LPGA International Jones/Champions course, using a 4 iron on the 167 yard hole. She also recorded the 9 lowest rounds of the year for her college team.
The Southwest Tour alumni will have quite an impact on the Big 10 over the next few years with Halley at Penn State, Jessica Porvasnik and Nikolette Schroeder at Ohio State, Jillian Hollis at Michigan, and Ali Nageotte at Wisconsin. And to think that only a few short years ago they all competed against each other on your tour. Impressive!!