Nov. 26, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan.--The Kansas State women's golf team announced the signing of three golfers to National Letters of Intent on Monday as Anne Willman, Katherine Gravel-Coursol and Madison Talley will join the Wildcat golf team for the 2013-14 season.
"I am excited about the young people and golfers that will be joining our program next fall," said head coach Kristi Knight. "All are great young ladies and possess tremendous golf talent and competitive spirit. They have shown the ability to compete at a high level in the junior ranks. There has been improvement and continued development in their games during the last year. The desire to continue to get better each day is something they all share and their best golf is ahead of them. I am impressed with their attitudes, spirit and work ethic. They will be great additions to K-State."
Willman comes to K-State as a three time Kansas 6A High School Regional Champion, which included a 2012 score of 70, from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kan. She earned three top-five finishes at the 6A State Championship and was a member of the All-Kansas City Metro team for four years. As an individual, Willman earned three top-10 American Junior Golf Association finishes, was the only qualifier from the state of Kansas and surrounding states of Nebraska and Missouri for the 2011 and 2012 qualifier of the USGA Junior Girls' Championship and finished first at the 2012 Woody Austin Classic.
Willman's parents are both K-State grads, and her brother, Scott, just finished a successful career playing golf at the University of Nebraska.
Gravel-Coursol joins the Wildcat program from Academie Lafontaine High School in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. She was a 2010 and 2011 qualifier for the USGA Junior Girls Championship and won the Quebec Juvenile Championship at the age of 14. Gravel-Coursol placed 10th at the 2012 Royale Canadian Junior Girls Championship, second at the 2012 Quebec Junior Championship and first at the CN Future Links Quebec 2012. She holds the course record for women at the Blainvillier Golf Club with a score of 68, and is No. 1 on the Quebec Junior Girls Order of Merit for 2012.
Rounding out the signee class of 2013-14 is Madison Talley of Clarksville High School in Dover, Ark. Talley is a two-time 4A High School State Champion and is the 2012 5A High School State Champion. She was the 2010 Overall State High School Champion competing in all classifications in Arkansas and a four-time Arkansas High School West District Champion. Along with golf, Talley was a part of the 2011-12 all-conference basketball team and was a two-time basketball varsity letter winner.
As an individual, Talley placed 11th at the 2012 Big I National Championship, fourth at the 2012 AJGA Stacey Lewis Open and sixth at the 2012 AJGA Payne Stewart/Bass Pro Classic. She also qualified for the 2012 USGA Junior Girls Championship.
The Wildcats will be back in action this spring as they travel to Peoria, Ariz., Feb. 24-25, to compete in the Westbrook Invitational.