June 11, 2009
- Baylor head women's golf coach Sylvia Ferdon
announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Thursday.
Karianne Hillaas (Droebak, Norway) and Melanie White (Colleyville, Texas) will join the Lady Bears for the upcoming 2009-10 season following a year in which Baylor appeared in its ninth NCAA Regional tournament in the last 10 years.
Hillaas, a native of Droebak, Norway, is one of the top players on the Norwegian Junior Tour, placing among the top five individually during the 2007 and 2008 Norwegian Junior Championship. A three-year member of the Norwegian National Golf team, Hillaas was ranked as high as No. 2 on the 2008 Titleist Order of Merit on the Norwegian Junior Tour. Hillaas is a three-time winner of the Titleist Junior Tour Tournament as well as being a member of the Norwegian National Championship team in 2008. Hillaas recently recorded a top five finish for the Edmond Trophy at the 2009 French Ladies Championship.
"Karianne is going to make an immediate impact on our golf team," Ferdon said. "She fit our recruiting goal of adding athletic players, who can move the ball off the tee and can play in any kind of weather condition. Those skills are a requirement to be competitive in the Big 12 and to get our team not only to the NCAA Regionals, but also on to Nationals."
White helped lead Colleyville Heritage High School to the 2009 District 5-5A team title, while earning top medalist honors and later first-team Region I-5A accolades. White currently ranks 13th in points on the Texas Junior Golf Tour, tallying individual titles at the Trophy Club Junior Spring Swing and TJGT Jr. All-Star Classic.
"Melanie's signing is an extra bonus for Baylor," Ferdon said. "She will add some depth to our program to make us even more competitive. I was attracted to her enthusiasm and her love for the game. She has an incredible work ethic and has put in a great deal of time to improve."
Looking ahead to the 2009-10 season, the Lady Bears will return six letter-winners from the 2008-09 squad, including all-Big 12 selection Hannah Burke.