NC State Welcomes Four Women's Golfers For 2010-11
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State women’s golf coach Page Marsh has announced the addition of four student-athletes to her program for the 2010-11 season.
The four golfers are Jerrah Baker (Canton, Ga.), Maureen Dunnagan (Lexington, S.C.), Brittany Marchan (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada), and Ana Menendez (Mexico City, Mexico).
"I am excited about our incoming class and their passion for competitive golf," said Marsh, who will begin her 11th season in Raleigh this fall.
"While each player brings something different to our program, as a whole, they are committed to winning ACC and NCAA Championships for NC State. Their enthusiasm and dedication to excel on the golf course, in the classroom or in their own individual pursuits is evident in their accolades and accomplishments. These young women have the confidence and drive to achieve at a high level whatever the pursuit or task.
"A dedication to excellence is something this class brings as a whole and will help NC State Women's Golf push to the next level. As a coach I am excited to see how this class will continue to shape our program with their passion for excellence through their years here on campus.
"This group brings a wealth of national and international playing experience both in individual events and as part of team competitions. All are dedicated athletes and students."
Baker hails from Canton, Ga., and competed for four seasons at Creekview High School for coach Casey Gramling. She won the Cherekee County championship in her senior season and was named country Player of the Year twice.
She receives coaching instruction from LPGA player and former Furman star Denise Kileen, who played in college with new assistant coach Maggie Will.
Dunnagan earned six letters in golf at Lexington High School for coaches Brandon Smith and Kelly Evans. She was 4A state championship team member for six seasons and earned medalist honors in 2009.
Additionally, she won two other tournaments in 2009 - the Fort Dorchester Invitational and the Carolinas Junior Girls Championship - and two more in 2008.
Dunnagen was a member of the 2010 North-South All-Star team and the 2009 All-Carolinas team. She also competed in the Carolinas/Virginia/Maryland team matches and the South Carolina/Georgia team cup matches as well as the 2010 Can-Am Matches.
Marchand competed at Orangeville District Secondary School for coach Ian Budgell. Marchand shot a four-under 66 to score the lowest round of the District 10/4 high school golf championship at Wildwoods Golf and Country Club in Fergus, Ontario, on Sept. 23, 2009.
Marchand had a busy summer last year on the junior golf circuit. She played in the USGA Girls National Championship at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. She fired a three-under 69 to take first at the qualifier held at Ohio Prestwick Country Club.
As a fifteen-year old, Marchand scorched the field by firing a three-under par 69 to become the youngest player to claim the Ontario Women’s Champion of Champions title at Wildfire Golf Club in Lakefield, Ontario.
A two-time team MVP at Orangeville, Marchand ranked as high as fifth in the Ontario Junior Girls Order of Merit and 15th in all of Canada.
She has been a member of the GAO (Golf Association of Ontario) High Performance Team the last two years and represented Canada at the Guatemala Junior Championship while competing with the GAO's under-19 Excellence team for the 2009-10 season.
Similar to Marchand, Menendez brings an extensive golf background. She represented Canada at that same Guatemala tournament.
Menendez is the fourth ranked junior in Mexico according to both rankmexgolf.com and the Mexican national rankings (cnij.net), and is the second best ranked graduate from the 2010 class.
She finished first overall on the 2009-10 Mexico City junior tour and was runner up at the 2009 Mexican National Junior championship. She once shot a career tournament low round of 68 during a junior tour event.
Menendez was also the 2009-10 Mexico City zone champion with a 75 scoring average.
Menendez has taken part in the National Interregional Team Championship the last four seasons and led her team to titles in 2007 and 2010. She placed third individually this season with rounds of 73-74-73.
The 2010 fall campaign will get underway this September. The full schedule will be released in the coming months.