Dec. 8, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head women's golf coach Brad Rickel has signed two players to letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs next fall.
Stephanie Corey from Burien, Wash., and Mt. Rainier High, and Jessica Howe, a senior at Poway, Calif., High, have signed with the Bulldogs.
Corey helped Mt. Rainier to third place in the 2007 Washington State Class 3A Tournament, shooting a 36-hole score of 154 with rounds of 81-73. She placed second in the 2006 State 3A Tournament as a sophomore.
In 2006 Corey competed in the T10 Girls' Junior America's Cup and was MVP for Team Washington. She also placed first in The Dropping Championship. In 2005 she was a Washington Junior Golf Association champion.
A three-time Seamount League Player of the Year, Mt. Rainier captured league titles all three years Corey has played, and Mt. Rainier has lost just one match during her tenure.
"Stephanie is a very accomplished junior golfer who has competed extensively against national competition," Rickel said. "I believe Stephanie will help us take our program to the next level immediately. She has won at every age and she will compete to win at the collegiate level as well."
Among the national tournaments she has participated in are the Junior World Championships in 2006 and 2007, the U.S. Junior Girls Amateur, the Westfield PGA Junior Championships in Ohio in 2007, the Kathy Whitworth National Championship in 2006-07 and the Arizona Silver Bell Championship in 2005-06. Last summer she participated in the PNGA Junior Girls Amateur Championship, qualifying for medal round before losing in the first round 6 and 5.
Howe placed 12th at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship as a junior in 2006 as Poway won the state title. She finished 31st in the 2005 tourney as Poway tied for fourth. She was first-team North County Conference/Palomar selection and first-team All-CIF pick in 2005 and 2006.
Last summer she placed third in the PGA of Southern California Junior Championship, placed second in the San Diego Junior and took third in the San Marcos Junior.
"Jessica is a great student-athlete who has competed favorably with many players who are now at the NCAA Division I level," Rickel said. "We will look to her to challenge for a starting spot as a freshman."