February 1, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College women’s golf coach Bill Glenn kicked off the recruiting season with the signing late last week of twin sisters from Effingham St. Anthony High School.

Madison and Mariah Bushue accepted scholarship offers and expect to contend for starting time as incoming freshmen next fall.

Madison averaged 86 for 18 holes this past fall and has her sights set on getting her scores consistently into the low 80s, if not the upper 70s, by next fall.

“That’s my goal,” she said. “I plan to play in some summer tournaments and will likely be out on the golf course every day once the weather warms up this spring. We live pretty close to the golf course, so it’s not unusual for us to be out there a lot.”

Madison said she considers the short game to be her strength and that most of her work will focus on lengthening her drive.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing golf at the next level. Playing with others who might be better than me will only push me to get better.”

Mariah Bushue is a couple of inches taller than her sister at 5-foot-9. She had an 18-hole average of 87 this past fall, and like her sister, hopes to lower that average prior to next school year.

“I’m different from Madison in that my strength is driving the ball off the tee,” she said. “What I have to work on is improving my chipping and putting. I’m excited about having the opportunity to play college golf and believe Logan will be a good fit for me. I really enjoyed my visit there.”

Mariah added that there are more pros than cons in being roommates with her sister for the next two years.

“We’ve had our share of arguments, but overall, we get along pretty well. And we help each other out whenever we can. I think it will be a good experience for both of us.”

Glenn said he is optimistic about the role the Bushue girls could play with the Vols next fall.

“I think they each have the potential to be very good golfers,” he said. “What I like best is their work ethic and desire to improve. They’re good kids from a good family. I think we have signed two top-notch players here who will immediately push the others for a starting role.”