KENT, OHIO – Seven years after finishing her studies, Kirby Dreher returned to her alma mater last weekend to be honoured with a special ceremony.
The Fort St. John native, who now resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa says that she was invited to Kent State to be inducted to the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame on September 17th.
Dreher started playing golf at the age of eight with her older brother at the Fort St. John Links Golf Course. After winning the U15 BC Junior Provincials and the U14 category at the Canadian Juniors at the age of 12, Dreher was scouted by several American post-secondary institutions, eventually settling on Kent State University. While playing for Kent State, Dreher helped the Kent State ladies golf team to 4 MAC Championships during the 4 years she studied there, from 2005 to 2009. She was the MAC freshman of the year in 2006, the MAC golfer of the year in 2009, and was also named an Honorable Mention All American in 2008 and 2009.
At the induction ceremony the other Saturday, Dreher was joined by 7 other inductees to the Hall of Fame from a wide variety of sports. Some of the inductees, like Dreher, were recent grads while others hadn’t been to the school in 25 years.
Dreher says that it was incredibly moving to hear her many achievements announced when she was introduced prior to her giving her speech, and that she feels incredibly thankful to everyone in the Fort St. John community that helped her on her dream to becoming a professional golfer.