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Poland golfer commits to Notre Dame

April 18, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Poland senior golfer Christine Bilas signed her letter of intent to continue her golf career with Notre Dame College of Cleveland. She will be attending this fall on a combination of athletic and academic scholarships.

For Christine, the past three years have been a life-changing experience. According to her mother, Kim Bilas, she hadn't really had a lot of experience on the golf course.

"She played a little with her father (Major John Bilas) when she was in the seventh grade," Kim said.

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Poland golfers sophomore Melinda Hannon, left, and senior Gianna DiBenedetto and sophomore Rachel Sines showed up to support teammate Christine Bilas on Tuesday as she signed to continue her golf career at Notre Dame in Cleveland this fall.

As part of a military family, Christine found herself moving around the country. Three years ago, Kim said they moved to Poland and Christine decided to join the golf team.

"In the last three years I have grown to love the game of golf," Christine said. "I'm excited to take it to the next level."

Kim said her quick move up the ladder on the golf team was due to the efforts of golf coach Judy Young and her swing coach Joe Allen. For Young, the signing was another momentous occasion.

"It is my second golf signing this year and the fourth since I've been coach," Young said. "Christine is a great kid. She came on in her junior year and really mastered the sport. Notre Dame (of Cleveland) will be a good fit for her."

At Notre Dame, Christine said she plans on studying sports business. She wants to continue in the field of her passion.

"I want to enter some aspect of the golf business," she said. "I can't wait for fall. Notre Dame has a growing women's golf team and a new coach coming in. I think I can learn a lot and grow my game."

Attending the signing were her Kim and coach Young, Christine's grandfather Ron Anzevino, aunt and Godmother Rochelle Anzevino, uncle Randy Anzevino and her Poland team partners sophomores Melinda Hannon, Rachel Sines and senior Gianna DiBenedetto.

Christine's father Major John Bilas would have liked to attend, but he just returned from serving in Afghanistan and was not home yet.



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