April 15, 2011
WACO, Texas – Two of England’s top women’s golfers – Hayley Davis and Emma Carberry – have signed National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 academic year, Baylor head coach Sylvia Ferdon announced Friday.
“We are so excited about the signings of Hayley Davis and Emma Carberry,” Ferdon said. “Both are top-ranked junior players who are highly motivated to achieving their goals. Along with our early signee Stani Schiavone, these three represent a new era in Baylor women’s golf. They will create a fine chemistry with players already here like Chelsey Cothran, Jaclyn Jansen and Kaylin Terry. Our future is incredibly bright.”
Davis, a native of Ferndown, England, won the 2010 English Women’s Golf Association Girls’ Order of Merit, while finishing third on the Ladies’ side. Ranked as high as 18th on the Ladies European Amateur Rankings, she also won the 2010 English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) Silver Tee Award.
“Hayley’s junior golf credentials are second to none,” Ferdon said. “She has already accomplished so much, but she desires to become even better, which is one of her character strengths. She has the drive to improve and her enthusiasm is infectious.”
She was the 2010 English Ladies Amateur champion and represented England at the European Girls Team Championship. She was also a member of England’s winning team at the 2010 Girls’ Home Internationals. She won the 2010 Abu Dhabi Junior Championship and reached the quarterfinals of the French U-21 Championship earlier this year.
“Hayley knows she can be successful and achieve her goals of becoming a professional golfer by competing here at Baylor,” Ferdon said. “Having representing her country on the English National Team, she will provide invaluable experience to our team for the next four years.”
Joining Davis is fellow Englander Emma Carberry, who is finished 36th in the 2010 English Women’s Golf Association Girls’ Order of Merit. The Hailsham, England, was the runner-up at both the EWGA Southern Championship and Andalucia European Open in 2009. She also qualified for the 2009 British Colleges final as well as the final eight of the Sussex Ladies Open.
“Emma has continued to improve her level of play with each passing month,” Ferdon said. “The more exposure she has had to higher-level competitions, the more she has excelled.
Carberry advanced to the round of 32 in the match play portion of the English Girls National Tournament in 2009. Behind a course-tying record, she won the 2008 Rye Open and later won the Highland Junior Golf Championship.
“She understands team competition having playing on several amateur teams in England and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our program,” Ferdon said.
With the regular season complete, Baylor will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the Big 12 Championship, which will be held April 22-24 at The Club at Old Hawthorne.
BAYLOR CLASS OF 2011 SIGNINGS
Emma Carberry (Hailsham, England/Filton College)
Hayley Davis (Ferndown, England/Brockenhurst College)
Stani Schiavone (Bangor, Pa./Bangor Area HS)