The month of October was particularly memorable for Upper Arlington High School senior Allison Harper.

The month of October was particularly memorable for Upper Arlington High School senior Allison Harper.

At the Division I sectional tournament Oct. 6 at Mentel Memorial, Harper and teammate Alex Brown each shot a 74 to earn co-medalist honors as the Bears qualified for district.

Then, at the district tournament Oct. 13 at Bent Tree, Harper made a 40-foot putt on No. 18 to card a 76 that gave her a third-place as the Bears advanced to state for the fifth consecutive season.

The 77 she shot at state Oct. 24 on Ohio State's Gray Course earned her a seventh-place tie and second-team all-state honors as the Bears finished seventh (345), behind champion Mason (316).

That all came after she verbally committed Oct. 4 to play for Marshall University.

Harper officially signed a letter of intent to compete for the Thundering Herd on Nov. 11.

"Knowing that she's going to play at the next level created a lot of confidence in her," coach Kristi Ghidotti said. "She played very consistently."

Marshall currently has one other player from central Ohio in Worthington Kilbourne graduate Michelle Sabo, who is a junior.

Harper is planning to room with Ashland senior Rachel Thompson, who finished runner-up (74) at the one-day state tournament.

"(Thompson and I) played a lot of summer tournaments together," Harper said. "Last year one time, I asked her where she was looking at, and she said Marshall. Her cousin (Molly Ginger) is on the team."

Meredith Knight Rowsey became the first full-time assistant coach under men's coach Joe Feaganes in 2001. The women's program re-launched in 2002 after a 20-year absence, and Feaganes headed the team for its first two seasons before Knight Rowsey took over in 2004.

The Thundering Herd competed in five tournaments this fall, with their second-place finish Sept. 12-13 at the 12-team Bucknell Women's Invitational being their best performance.

Mike Good, who coached the Bears in 2005 and '06, is a West Virginia native who encouraged Harper to consider Marshall.

Also among Harper's top choices were Ohio University, which signed Olentangy Orange senior Kristen Helmsdoerfer on Nov. 11.

"It was actually a couple years ago that coach Good introduced the idea of Marshall to me," Harper said.

"It's got a great atmosphere, it's a small school and all of the girls are really fun and nice. Coach Good really likes the coach there. He said that she's a good coach and that we'd fit well personality-wise."