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Women's Golf Team Reloads with Podmore, The British, "Big Easy"

May 1, 2006

Natasha Podmore, of Appleton, England has signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf for the Dons women's team this fall. USF Women's Golf Coach Josh Cupp is enthusiastic about the signing.

"Natasha has accomplished much already. She has tremendous international experience with an almost unlimited upside. At 6'1, she can really move the ball. With Natasha and Christina Stockton, we will have one of the best freshmen classes in the country. `Tash' also excels in the classroom and embodies the kind of student athlete we try to recruit here on the Hilltop. To say that I am excited for the fall is an understatement."

Ms. Podmore's list of accomplishments is impressive. She was the youngest to win the Ladies Cheshire County Championship in 2004 at the tender age of 16. She defended that title successfully in '05. After finishing T 3rd in the prestigious English Ladies Strokeplay, Natasha garnered a spot on the England Elite Under 21 Squad. She also finished 2nd in the Northern Girls Close Championships and, in doing so, broke the course record in the first round. Podmore's lowest tournament round to date came in the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy when she fired a 6 under 66.

Podmore has been fortunate to be taught by the very best. At the 2004 Red Bull Master Class session, Natasha spent hours with Tiger Woods' former swing coach Butch Harmon. Harmon nicknamed Natasha the "big easy," borrowing a nickname from multiple major winner Ernie Els. Maureen Madill is Natasha's primary swing instructor at home. She also works with noted sports psychologist Dr. Karl Morris who works with Darren Clarke. Clarke currently is #19 in the Sony World Rankings.

Natasha is set to graduate from Warrington Collegiate this spring. In her free time, Natasha enjoys volunteer coaching netball and various other sports to primary schoolchildren. Podmore's older sister Nicola recently graduated from Lancashire University with a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies. Natasha's parents, Brendan and Sandra Podmore, manage a successful construction business in Warrington. Brendan has assured Dons coach Josh Cupp that all golfing genetics were passed along to Natasha from his wife Sandra, as his handicap registers at a robust 15. The Podmores recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and enjoy sailing and horseback riding.