Pittston Area’s Allie Craig to golf at Millersville

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area golfer Allie Craig has committed to play on the NCAA Division II level at Millersville University. Seated from left: Rich Craig, father; Allie Craig; Debbie Craig, mother; T.J. Craig, brother. Standing, same order: Pittston Area principal John Haas; assistant golf coach Jason Miller; retiring head golf coach Len Benfante; assistant principal Chris Lazevnick; athletic director Charlie Turco. - Tom Robinson | For Sunday Dispatch

YATESVILLE – Allie Craig started hitting golf balls into a net in the backyard with her father when she was just 9 years old.

Before long, she was competing and, within two years, Craig was on the rise, moving up to face older opponents in Anthracite Golf Association Junior Tour.

The Pittston Area senior is ready to move up to a new level again after accepting a partial scholarship to play at Millersville University, a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference school and National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II member. She held a signing ceremony at the Cefalo Center Thursday to celebrate the commitment.

Craig had also made a recruiting visit to West Chester, another PSAC school.

Millersville coach Scott Vandegrift won Craig over and has continued to make a positive impression since she made up her mind during the winter.

“I was highly impressed with the coach,” Craig said. “Coach Vandegrift is an amazing coach who has a lot of accolades. He’s very caring about his players. I’ve never seen a coach put so much time and effort into his players.

“He made a personal visit to my home after I committed to just get a sense of my family so he was more comfortable and my family was comfortable with him. That really stood out to me and he made a point to have me meet all his players so I was comfortable going into it.”

Craig led the boys golf team in conference competition during much of her career at Pittston Area. She twice led Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A girls in qualifying for the District 2 tournament. As a senior, she birdied the final hole at the East Regional to earn a chance to finish her high school career at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships.

Pittston Area golfer Allie Craig has committed to play on the NCAA Division II level at Millersville University. Seated from left: Rich Craig, father; Allie Craig; Debbie Craig, mother; T.J. Craig, brother. Standing, same order: Pittston Area principal John Haas; assistant golf coach Jason Miller; retiring head golf coach Len Benfante; assistant principal Chris Lazevnick; athletic director Charlie Turco.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Craig.jpgPittston Area golfer Allie Craig has committed to play on the NCAA Division II level at Millersville University. Seated from left: Rich Craig, father; Allie Craig; Debbie Craig, mother; T.J. Craig, brother. Standing, same order: Pittston Area principal John Haas; assistant golf coach Jason Miller; retiring head golf coach Len Benfante; assistant principal Chris Lazevnick; athletic director Charlie Turco. Tom Robinson | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

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