University of Arizona womenˇ?s golf coach Shelly Haywood announced last week that four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend school and join the Wildcat squad.? The student-athletes will step foot on campus in the fall of 2008.
The womenˇ?s golf early signing period class includes Isabelle Boineau, Nikki Koller, Ashley Malaska, and Margarita Ramos.
Boineau, from Marseille, France, is currently ranked as the No. 1 player in France and was ranked as the No. 3 junior player in Europe during 2006.? Boineau also played on the last two world amateur teams for France.? ˇ?Isabelle is going to come in right away and probably challenge for the number one spot next year,ˇ± Haywood said. ˇ?She is already very good.ˇ±
Koller, from Lewisburg, Kentucky, won the Kentucky high school state championship two years in row.?? ˇ?Nikki is a good athlete and a good student,ˇ± said Haywood.? ˇ?We are looking forward to having her join the team because her golf striking is great.? She could come in right away and play.ˇ±
Malaska, from Mesa, Arizona, is the daughter of Mike Malaska, who is the Worldwide Director of Instruction for the Jack Nicklaus Academy and is considered to be one of the top-50 teachers in the country.?? ˇ?Ashley is a great athlete who actually was a softball player recruited to play in college, but she decided to play golf,ˇ± Haywood explained.? ˇ?She hits the ball a long way and she is very strong.ˇ±
Ramos, from Mexico City, Mexico, currently attends high school at Xavier Prep in Phoenix and is currently ranked as the No. 1 junior in Mexico. ˇ?Margarita is a consistent player who also has a great attitude,ˇ± said Haywood.ˇ± She has beautiful golf swing and is going to be a very good player for long time.ˇ±
The Wildcats will next be in action when they begin the spring season on February 11 at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.