Nov. 16, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Taylore Karle, the No. 2-ranked player by Golfweek, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and Junior Golf Scoreboard, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Pepperdine, women's head coach Laurie Gibbs announced on Thursday. She will enroll in Pepperdine next fall.
A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, Karle is a two-time first team AJGA Rolex Junior All-American, receiving the honor in 2005 and 2006. Over the course of the last two and half years, Karle has won six AJGA tournaments and had four second place finishes.
Karle led the U.S. Junior Team to a third place finish in the prestigious Honda International Junior Tournament in Japan this past October. Her rounds counted in each of the three team scores and her second-round 70 was the low individual round of the day and included a hole-in-one on the 15th hole.
Karle, who played in the U.S. Women's Open this past summer, set a record at the 2005 USGA Girls' Junior Championship's 36-hole qualifier for match play after shooting rounds 63-67 for a 130 total.
"With the recent trend of the top junior players skipping college for the professional tours, we are very excited to sign Taylore," Gibbs said. "She is exactly what every coach looks for in a student-athlete - straight-A student, two-time first team All-American, loves to compete and win, committed to being a team player and someone that really looks forward to enjoying four years of college."
"Taylore says she is coming to Pepperdine to win NCAA Championships and we look for her to be a big part of our continued success," Gibbs added.
Karle also will be joining her brother, Austyn, in the 2007 freshman class at Pepperdine. Austyn signed a letter-of-intent to play for the men's golf team.
Karle will next play in the 2006 Polo Golf Junior Classic, November 18-24 in Sea Island, Georgia. In 2005, Karle lost in the semi-finals 2 and 1 to the eventual winner Angela Park.
Pepperdine is currently ranked No. 8 by Golfweek and concludes its fall schedule next week at the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational in Kauai, Hawaii.