Nov. 18, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - First-year University of Oklahoma women's golf head coach Veronique Drouin announced her first recruiting class Wednesday, a decorated group of four golfers who boast impressive résumés from the high school and junior golf circuits.
Wearing the Crimson and Cream next year will be Emily Collins (Colleyville, Texas), Mariah Montoya (Lubbock, Texas), Chiripat "Ja" Jao-Javanil (Cha-am, Thailand) and Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada).
"I really wanted to bring some energy to the program with this class and build on the traditions that we have here at the University of Oklahoma," said Drouin, who, like Tanguay, is from Quebec. "We have an opportunity to make a real mark in women's college golf and I'm very excited about our future. These four golfers are all very talented and will be a great addition to the players we currently have on the team."
All four recruits have signed their national letters of intent and will be Oklahoma freshmen in 2010-11.
Nolan Catholic High School
2009 TAPPS 5A individual state champion
2007 and 2008 TAPPS 5A state runner-up
Seven straight 2009 regular season high school wins
Seven career AJGA top-10 finishes (including a second-place finish at the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship)
25 career Texas Tour top-10 finishes (including five wins)
Fourth lowest amateur at 2009 Texas State Open
Qualified for the 2009 Junior PGA Championship
Drouin on Collins: "Emily has already proven herself as a good player, but I know that she has a lot more potential. I expect for her to improve a lot over the next four years."
Coronado High School
Finished third in 2007 Class 5A state tournament
Finished second in 2008 Class 5A state tournament
Two-Time Class 5A first-team all-state
Two-Time USGA U.S. Junior Girls participant
Two-Time USGA U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifier
Nine Career AJGA top-10 finishes (including a win at the Aldila Junior at Oak Tree in Edmond, Okla.)
Has shot a competitive low round of 67 three times
Boasts more than 75 career junior wins
Drouin on Montoya: "Mariah is a proven golfer who should make an immediate impact on this golf program."
|Chirapat "Ja" Jao-Javanil|
Somtawin Witead Suksa School
Member of Thai national team
Six straight top-10 finishes at Junior World Championships from 2004-2009,
Finished second at 2006 Junior World Championships and third in 2007
Won nine tournaments in Thailand in 2008
Finished in second at TGA Thailand Amateur Open (match play)
Drouin on Jao-Javanil: "Ja brings an international flavor to the team. Her record shows that she has extensive international experience and she can go low on any given day."
Champlain St. Lawrence College
2008 and 2009 PING CCAA Golf Championship champion
2009 Quebec Junior Girls Championship champion
2008 and 2009 Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship runner-up
Finished seventh at 2008 Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur Championship
Participated in The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship in 2009
Drouin on Tanguay: "Anne-Catherine will bring a new perspective to this team. She is very determined and a hard worker. I expect her to become a leader of this team as early as next year."