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Lexi Jonas, Hudson

It took a while for colleges to find Hudson golfer Lexi Jonas.

Two took a particular interest in the three-time WIAA Division 1 state qualifier. Jonas announced the winner Monday via Twitter, announcing that she had orally committed to attend the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) and play golf for the NCAA Division II Cougars.

She is the second Wisconsin golfer to choose the Cougars in the last two weeks. Onalaska senior Sydney Hubbard, who helped the Hilltoppers to a third-place finish at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, made her announcement via Twitter the day after the state tournament ended.

Sioux Falls finished eighth out of 12 teams at the 2016 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship last season with rounds of 375-353-363-359. The Cougars, who were one spot behind Upper Iowa, finished 205 strokes behind winner Augustana (S.D.) in the 72-hole event that featured 36 holes in October and 36 holes in April.

Upper Iowa had also shown an interest in Jonas, her mother Kim told Wisconsin.Golf at the WIAA state meet. She said her daughter had been impressed with Sioux Falls and first-year coach Sam Vosler, whose three returning golfers had already lowered their stroke averages over last season by as much as five shots.

"My decision was based on the great visit I had at Sioux Falls and the opportunity I had to spend time with my future teammates," Lexi Jonas wrote in a Twitter message to Wisconsin.Golf. "In addition, I appreciate that Coach Vosler only coaches the women's team, whereas a lot of Division 2 golf coaches oversee both the Men and Women's teams. Most importantly, it's Coach Vosler's goal of making USF a top tier golf program in the NSIC."

Jonas shot 81-82 at University Ridge earlier this month and finished 19th in the Division 1 portion of the WIAA state tournament. She finished tied for 15th in 2015 and 35th in 2014.

Hubbard, meanwhile, shot 82-78 and finished 16th at the Division 1 state meet. A week earlier, she shot 80 and finished third (four shots behind Jonas) in helping Onalaska win the Division 1 Eau Claire Memorial sectional.

In a Twitter message to Wisconsin.Golf, Hubbard said she chose the Cougars over St. Catherine (Minn.) and Carthage College. She said she was also drawn to the school by its biology program.

"I loved Sioux Falls the first day I was there last winter!" Hubbard said. "I really enjoy the small school in a large city concept and the environment and community I felt with the students and professors."

Like Jonas, she has also been impressed with what she's seen of Vosler.

"I'm very excited to work with Coach Vosler; I think he has already done great things for the program!" Hubbard wrote. "Personally, I know I need to work on consistency in my long game. Obviously we play longer course(s) at the collegiate level and I've never been a powerhouse so I'm working on tuning up my swing and then getting the strength I need to be more competitive at a higher level."

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