Washington Golf Signs Top Local Talent
Nov. 14, 1999
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington golf has announced the signing of its Fall, 2000 freshman class and included in both groups are several of the states top junior golfers.
The Husky mens program received national letters of intent from Corey Prugh of Spokane and Brock Mackenzie of Yakima along with Dan Potter Coeur d Alene, Id. and Joey Ramos of Palm Desert, Calif. The womens team received commitments from Jenny Kamimura of Sedro Woolley and Lindsay Morgan of Walla Walla.
Prugh, Mackenzie and Ramos are each ranked among the top 50 junior golfers in the country and Potter is a junior all-America honoree. Morgan ranks among the top 25 in the current girls junior rankings.
Ramos, from Palm Desert High, captured a fourth place finish at the 1998 Junior World Championships and followed that with a top 10 finish in 1999. He has seven career top 10 finishes in AJGA events along with a seventh place showing at the 1999 Rolex Tournament of Champions this past summer.
Prugh, from Ferris High School, is an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-America honoree and was the 1999 4A prep champion last season. He won the Ping Junior at Langdon Farms and the Dropping Junior Tournament in Boise over the summer. Prughs father Steve, who played at Oregon, is the head golf professional at Manito Country Club in Spokane.
Mackenzie, who attends Eisenhower High in Yakima, has several AJGA top five finishes to his credit, including a third place showing at the Compaq Junior at Trophy Lake and fourth at the Ping Junior at Langdon Farms. Potter, who attends Gonzaga Prep, was among the top 25 finishers at the 1999 PNGA Amatuer and the Washington State Amatuer. He was runner-up to Prugh at the 4A state championship tournament last year.
Kamimura joins her sister, Kelli, who is a sophomore and the No. 1 golfer on the Washington womens team. Jenny plays with the Sedro Woolley boys team during Northwest League play and then competes with the girls team during the district and state championships. She won her division of the Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) from the time she was eight years old through age 15, becoming the only junior golfer to have won six different age divsions. She finished second in the 2A high school girls championships as an individual while her team won the 1997 title. She was fifth in 1998 and her team won the title again in 1999.
Morgan, who plays for Walla Walla High, is currently ranked 21st in the Titleist/Golfweek National Junior Girls Rankings. She earned distinction as the WJGA Girls Player of the Year in 1998 and is a two-time WJGA Junior Americas Cup team member. Morgan won the 1999 state 4A champion after finishing third as a freshman and sophomore. She has several AJGA top 10 finishes on her resume.
All the golfers will complete their senior seasons during the spring.
"This recruiting class, without question, is the finest class ever signed in the history of Husky golf," said UW mens coach O.D. Vincent. "It will be rated as one of the premier classes in the country. We have signed four outstanding golfers who are also outstanding students and even better people. Our main focus was to sign players from as close to home as possible. We accomplished that by signing the best players in our state. This recruiting class will establish our program as a perennial contender for the NCAA Championship.
"For us to attract this quality of a student-athlete is a direct reflection of the young men we currently have on our team," Vincent continued. "All the credit goes to the guys who have played here over the last four years and who have helped build put Husky golf on the map."
"I have great expectations for our new class," added UW womens coach Mary Lou Mulflur. "Both Lindsay and Jenny are capable of coming in and playing right away. They each have a high level of experience. I am also excited that we are once again keeping the top players in the state of Washington at home. That makes a tremendous statement about our program. Its a trend Id like to continue for a long time."
Mulflur expects to sign one additional golfer during the early signing period.
Both the mens and womens team have completed their fall golf seasons. Sophomore Troy Kelly has been invited to compete in the 25th Savane College All-America Golf Classic, hosted by the Sun Bowl, Nov. 22-23. Two dozen of the nations top mens collegiate golfers will play at the El Paso Country Club. Among the competitors will be 1999 U.S. Amateur Champion David Gossett of Texas and 97 champion Matt Kuchar of Georgia Tech. Past winners include Jerry Pate, Scott Simpson, Davis Love III, Billy Mayfair, David Duval and Tiger Woods.
Washington Golf Player Biographies
High School: Plays with the Sedro-Woolley boys golf team during Northwest League play. During the District and State Championships, she then plays with the girls team ... 1997 - second place at AA High School Girls Championship ... AA High School Girls Golf Team Champion ... 1998 - Fifth at 3A High School Girls Championship ... 1999 - Medalist at 3A High School Girls Championship ... medalist at Skagit Invitational Girls High School Tournament ... in WJGA competition, currently the only junior golfer to have won her age division six times (from age group 8-11 through 14-15 years old) ... two-time Maxfli Regional Qualifier.
Personal: Daughter of Patricia and Garret Kamimura ... both parents are
teachers ... sister of current UW golfer, Kelli Kamimura.
High School: Currently ranked No. 21 in Titleist/Golfweek National Juniors Girls Rankings ... was a semi-finalist (tied/3rd) at the USGA Junior Girls Championship in Maryland, Aug. 99 ... AJGA tournament honors include a fifth place finish at Trophy Lake, ninth at Langdon Farms, eighth at Coto de Caza and sixth at Warm Springs ... seventh at Girls National Championship in Tucson, Ariz., May 99 ... WJGA 1998 Girls Player of the Year ... in WJGA play, lost in a playoff at 98 state championships ... finished third in 99 state tourney ... 1998 WJGA Joanne Teats Leadership Award ... WJGA Girls Junior Americas Cup Team member and team captain in 1998 ... at Walla Walla High School was Big 9 Conference Player of the Year in 1997 and 99 and co-player in 98 ... First Team All-Big 9 Conference honoree 1997-99 ... medalist at state 4A Championships in 1999
... finished third at state tournament in 1997 and 98 ... won conference and district championship as a junior (1999) ... three-time team MVP ... three-year varsity letterwinner in golf ... team captain in 1999 ... 1999 Blue Mountain Female Athlete of the Year Semi-finalist ... three-time Tri City Herald Athlete of the Week ... placed first at Walla Wall City Amateur Womens Division, 1997-98 ... seventh in the Wall Walla City Amateur Mens Division ... played two years of varsity basketball.
Personal: Daughter of Philip and Carol Morgan ... has one younger sister, Courtney ... participated in Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth search for honors in math ... Washington State High School Honors Program ... listed in Whos Who Among High School Senior Girls ... Compaq Scholastic Junior All-America nominee.
High School: Two-time Frank Rodia Invitational Champion (1998-99) ... finished third at the AJGA Compaq Junior Tourney at Trophy Lake ... fourth at the AJGA Ping Junior at Langdon Farms ... second at AJGA Boise stop ... ranked among the top 50 junior golfers by GolfWeek Magazine ... No. 1 player on Eisenhower High team ... earned all-league honors three straight years ... has captured several prep tournament titles ... averaged under-par entire junior season.
Personal: Son of Hugh and Caren Mackenzie ... both parents attended Washington State University ... has a younger sister, Paige, who is also a golfer ... enjoys snowskiing and playing basketball ... has a 3.8 grade point average ... selected Washington over Arizona, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas A&M and San Diego State.
High School: Named FCWT All-American after second and third place finishes in 1999 ... competitor at the 1999 PNGA Amatuer and the Washington State Amatuer, finishing in top 25 at both events ... carded three rounds of 72 or better at 1999 Boise AJGA stop ... No. 1 player on high school team ... earned all-conference honors three straight years ... 1999 runner up at 4A High School state championship in Longview, Wash., finishing second to future UW teammate Corey Prugh ... earned medalist honors in two prep invitationals as a junior.
Personal: Son of Doug and Pamela Potter ... father is a lawyer and played golf and basketball for UC-Santa Barbara ... two brothers, Andy and Boomer ... Andy is a pitcher on the WSU baseball team ... has a 3.7 grade point average ... member of National Honor Society ... chose Washington over Stanford, Duke, UCSB, Wake Forest and Washington State ... interests include skiing, fishing and cheering for the Huskies.
High School: AJGA All-America honoree ... won the 1999 Dropping Junior Tournament in Boise, Idaho ... medalist at 1999 Ping Junior at Langdon Farms, with scores of 67-72-71 ... finished fourth at the 99 AJGA Izzo Colorado Junior Roundup ... ranked among top 50 junior players by GolfWeek Magazine ... No. 1 player on Ferris High team ... earned all-conference honors three straight years ... 1999 4A High School State Champion ... finished second to future UW teammate Brock Mackenzie at the Washington State Junior ... has averaged under-par in prep golf three straight years.
Personal: Son of Steve and Susan Prugh ... father is the head golf professional at Manito Country Club in Spokane ... played college golf at Oregon ... mother also graduated from UO ... sister, Hillary, plays golf for Montana State ... younger brother, Alex, won the 13-14 year old division of the Washington State Junior ... has a 3.5 grade point average ... chose Washington over Oregon, Oregon State and Colorado State.
High School: Finished fourth at the 19989 Junior World Championships and finished in the top 10 in 1999 ... has seven career top 10 finishes in AJGA events ... seventh at the 1999 Rolex Tournament of Champions, summer 99 ... ranked among the top 50 junior golfers by GolfWeek Magazine ... No. 1 golfer at Palm Desert High ... three-time all conference honoree ... 1999 CIF Southern Section medalist ... averaged under-par for his entire junior season.
Personal: Son of Joe and Claudette Ramos ... one sister, Michea and a brother, Brent ... enjoys snowskiing, playing golf and spending time with friends ... carries a 3.9 grade point average ... selected Washington over Northwestern, USC and Pepperdine.