For Gabby Tremblay, the recruiting process began two years ago when she left Hayward and enrolled at Shattuck St. Mary's, a private school in Fairbault, Minnesota, that has a strong reputation for serving as a gateway to college scholarships for its student-athletes.
It ended recently when Tremblay signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She said she chose the Bluejays over Nebraska-Omaha and Valparaiso, all NCAA Division I schools who might not have have taken notice of Tremblay had she not made the jump to Shattuck and taken advantage of its academy — led by former UW-Green Bay coach Tim DeSormeau — and a schedule that exposes its golfers to Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and Future Collegians World Tour events as far away as Florida and Arizona.
"All in all, I couldn't have done it without my coaches at Shattuck St. Mary's," Tremblay wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "They were a huge support and helped me with the process in getting my resume out there, calling coaches for me and creating a swing video. Shattuck's golf academy also gave me many opportunities to travel the country and play at a higher level that allowed more coaches to show interest in me."
Coach Debbie Conry convinced Tremblay that Creighton was right for her.
"Creighton checks everything off of my list," wrote Tremblay, who left Hayward after the 2016 season when she helped the Hurricanes to a third-place finish at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament, where she finished ninth individually. "I wanted to go to a school that would challenge me academically, and I know Creighton will do just that. The campus is beautiful and the advisors and staff seem to really care about the students. I got the opportunity to meet with the coach and girls on the golf team. I feel like I can really fit in with the team and I know Coach Conry does a great job."
With the Bluejays set to graduate four golfers off a 10-player roster, there is a good chance that Tremblay will have the opportunity to contribute right away.
Ranked No. 2 behind University of Wisconsin-bound Emily Lauterbach of Hartland Arrowhead on Wisconsin.Golf's Class of 2019 rankings, Tremblay showed signs of significant improvement last spring with three top-10 finishes on the the HJGT, the last two in Illinois during April's challenging weather. This fall, Tremblay had three runner-up finishes in four starts, the other being a 10th-place showing at the fifth annual Academy Cup at Celebration (Fla.) Golf Club where she shot 76-70 and finished 10 shots off the pace.
In between, Tremblay enjoyed four top-10 finishes in five starts on the Minnesota PGA Junior Tour. The other was a tie for 17th out of 56 golfers at the Minnesota PGA Junior Championship where she shot 83-84 and finished 23 shots behind winner Sophia Yoemans, a University of Missouri recruit from Red Wing, Minnesota.
"I know I can make a positive impact on the team as soon as I step on campus by being a supportive teammate and a positive leader," Tremblay wrote. "I have improved a great deal since coming to Shattuck, and I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for that, but I still have a lot of room for improvement. I know I will take advantage of the amazing indoor golf facilities that Creighton has and other opportunities that Coach Conry gives me.
"I am used to college golf schedules and travel thanks to Shattuck's golf academy schedule that is set up just like a college schedule. With this, I feel very prepared."