Women's Golf inks four for 2009-10
Nov. 18, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Four junior golf standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play golf next season at The University of Texas, head coach Martha Richards announced Tuesday. Desiree Dubreuil (Santa Ana, Calif.), Madison Pressel (Boca Raton, Fla.), Katelyn Sepmoree (Tyler, Texas) and Haley Stephens (Greer, S.C.) will join the Longhorns for the 2009-10 season.
"I'm really excited about this class, and that each young lady is from a different part of the United States. We have some big shoes to fill next season, and I think this group is going to step up and make us better right away. They are a big compliment to the team we already have in place for next year," Richards said. "The highlight of this class is that their best golf is still in front of them."
Dubreuil is an accomplished player on the Southern California Section of the PGA of America Tour (SCPGA), winning the SCPGA Junior Tour Toyota Tour Cup at Santa Ana in May and the SCPGA Yorba Linda Invitational in July. Additionally, Dubreuil finished third at the 2007 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Golf World West Coast Championship and sixth at the 2008 AJGA Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic in August. Dubreuil is a three-time MVP at Mater Dei High School, and earned first-team all-league honors for her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Additionally, she was tabbed the Fox Sports Net Student-Athlete Citizen Award winner in 2007.
"Desiree is a really talented athlete," Richards said. "She is hard working and hungry, and always seeking to be better. She will be a great teammate, and is excited about coming to Texas. Desiree will bring a great energy to our team."
Pressel is ranked as the No. 15 prospect in the nation by Golfweek and is 22nd in the AJGA Polo Rankings. Pressel won the 2008 Florida Class 2A State Tournament after placing third as a sophomore and fourth as a junior. Pressel is the back-to-back South Florida Sun-Sentinel Girls' Golfer of the Year, and she qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur Championship where she finished third in the stroke-play portion with rounds of 69-71. On the AJGA circuit, Pressel finished second in the 2008 Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands and claimed three top-10 finishes in seven AJGA competitions. Pressel is the younger sister of two-time LPGA Tour winner Morgan Pressel.
"Madison has accomplished some great things and brings a tenacity and competitiveness that will make us better," Richards added. She wants to compete against the best by pushing herself every day, and Texas provides that environment. Like her game, her accomplishments also keep getting better and better."
Sepmoree also brings a loaded resume to Richards' signing class, as she finished second at the AJGA Mayakoba Junior Classic in 2008 and finished in the top five at The Blessings and Valero Texas Shootout. Named the 2007 Texas Legends Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year, Sepmoree finished in the top three at the Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) Championship in 2007. She also finished sixth at the Texas State Junior Girls in 2007 and was the first-flight runner-up at the Texas State Amateur in 2006. Sepmoree was the high school district medalist from 2005-08, and a three-time all-district team and all-region section honoree.
"Katelyn comes in under the radar, but she is a great ball striker and will really thrive on this team," Richards said. "She's a talented athlete and as she continues to put everything together, she will make some big contributions at Texas."
Stephens is ranked as the No. 25 prospect in the nation by Golfweek and is 47th in the AJGA Polo Rankings. The 2008 South Carolina Match Play Champion also won the 2008 Carolinas Girls' Championship. Stephens finished third in the 2008 Golfweek Junior Invitational and was named the 2007 Carolina Junior Player of the Year.
"Haley has something special about her," Richards said. "In addition to being a tremendous athlete, she also has a great golf swing. She knows what she wants, and is incredibly hard working and goal oriented."