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Trio To Join Gonzaga Golf Program

Dec. 8, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head golf coach Robert Gray has announced the signing of three players to national letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs next fall.

Sage Suffecool of Tucson, Ariz., will join the women's team, while Kyle Huus of Sidney, Neb., and Francis Santiago of Lynwood, Wash., will join the men's squad.

Suffecool attends Catalina Foothills High and helped the squad to State titles in 2004 and 2006 while being named to the All-State team both years. She is a 2006 Arizona Junior Ping Masters champion.

Huus is the third player in as many years to come out of the state of Nebraska, joining current Bulldog freshman Brandon Crick of McCook, Neb., and current sophomore Bowdy Ehler of Gering, Neb.

Huus won nine high school invitational tournaments for Sidney High, won the 2006 Big I State title and finished 13th in the National Big I Invitational. He was an All-State selection in 2004-05 and the All-Region Player of the Year in 2004-05, sharing the honor with Ehler in 2004. He carries a 3.98 grade point average and is a two-time All-State Academic team selection in 2004-05.

Santiago comes to the Bulldogs from Bishop Blanchet High where he was a two-time Metro Golf championship as a sophomore and junior and was runner-up as a senior. He captured the 2004 District title and was a 4-time State qualifier with finishes of fifth, seventh and 11th among his accomplishments.

Active in junior golf, Santiago is a USGA Junior Amateur qualifier, a Washington State Junior America's Cup team member and placed second in the 2004 Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship. He has also won multiple Northwest Junior Golf Tour events and has won on the International Junior Golf Tour and Canadian Junior Golf Association circuit. He has a 3.94 GPA and is a 3-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

"These are three great additions to our men's and women's programs," Gray said. "We don't have many seniors this year so we don't have a lot of spots to fill, but we think we got some excellent talent to compliment the returning players next fall. These are players who have played at the highest levels of junior golf."