A Michigan native who moved to Naples as a young child, Alexandria Ramirez doesn’t mind traveling more than 1,000 miles for college.
Ramirez, a senior at Community School, signed a letter of intent to play golf at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. With roots still planted in the Midwest, Ramirez said she won’t be too far from home.
“I still have quite a bit of family in Michigan,” she said. “So it doesn’t feel like such a large move.”
After playing varsity for five seasons at Community School, Ramirez will compete next year for DePauw’s Division III program. Though she is thrilled to play her sport in college, she was drawn to the small school for academics as well.
“It has all the aspects of a school I’m looking for,” Ramirez said. “It’s a liberal arts college and a very competitive athletic team. I walked on to campus and felt this was the place I needed to be.”
When her family traded snowy winters for the year-round sunshine of Southwest Florida, Ramirez’s parents Steve and Gina picked up golf. Ramirez began playing when she was 7 and never looked back.
A member at Naples Grande, Ramirez also works with John Carroll of the Talis Park Golf Club.
In her five years with the team, the Seahawks went to state every season. Community School won four district and four regional championships with Ramirez, whose best finish was 16th in the state as a sophomore.
About a six or seven handicap, Ramirez said she couldn’t have earned a spot on a college team without her parents, her sister, Olivia, or family friend Lydia Long.
“I’d really like to thank my family for giving me a great support system and helping me through this process,” Ramirez said.