Two of the signees will enroll in January and begin competing as part of the 2017-18 squad, while two more signees will join the program prior to the 2018-19 season. Three of the four student-athletes have four years of collegiate eligibility, while one will have two years remaining after playing in junior college.
Baylor signed Erica Chiang, Gurleen Kaur and Amelia McKee to National Letters of Intent and Laila Hrindova to a Financial Aid Contract. Kaur and Hrindova will join the team in January and immediately begin competing as freshman, while McKee and Chiang will enroll in August as part of the 2018-19 team.
Hrindova will join the Lady Bears in January after graduating from Doha College in Doha, Qatar. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Slovakian parents, Hrindova has also lived in Qatar, South Africa. She's No. 248 in the European Golf Rankings. A three-time winner on the Slovak Amateur Tour, Hrindova represented Slovakia at the 2016 World Amateur Team Championship and the 2016 European Girls Team Championship. She played in the Ladies European Tour Qatar Open, posting rounds of 72 and 75.
"Laila brings a wealth of international experience and has a huge upside when it comes to her tournament play," Goble said. "I'm most excited about Laila because she still has her best golf ahead of her. She was a bit of a late bloomer to tournament golf, and I see her improving over her four years here."
Kaur attends Cy Woods High School in Houston, where she is expected to graduate a semester early in December and join the Baylor team in January. Golfweek ranks her No. 22 nationally among junior golfers and No. 7 in the 2018 signing class. She is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American, has won three consecutive District titles and played for the Wyndham Cup west team.
"Gurleen is an amazing player, and after getting to know her over the past year I believe she is going to be a fixture in our lineup for a long time," Goble said. "She is very intelligent, always willing to learn and works hard on her game. We are lucky to have her and excited that she will be joining our team in less than two months."
Chiang is currently at Seminole State College, where she posted a 74.21 stroke average across 24 rounds as a freshman in 2016-17. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native has finished top-five in eight of her last 11 tournaments, including first place finishes at the 2017 Lady Moc Golf Classic and the 2017 Seminole State Spring Break. As a sophomore in 2017-18, she's played five tournaments and recorded a 73.42 stroke average across 12 rounds, including five rounds at 70 or better.
"Erica is a new commitment to us, and we are really excited to add her to our lineup next fall," Goble said. "She currently plays at Seminole State College and they are one of the best junior college teams in the country. She will graduate from Seminole State in May and then bring her skills to Baylor."
McKee will join the Lady Bears in August out of Spring, Texas. She plays for Klein Oak High School, where she earned Class 6A All-State recognition each of the last two seasons. McKee has a 72.26 stroke average in 2017. She has won 52 out of 128 tournaments played, with her most recent title coming after shooting 68 at Timberstone GC in the U.S. Junior Girls Amateur Qualifier.
"Amelia has been committed to us for quite a while, and we are really happy to see this day finally come," Goble said. "She is one of the most talented players I have seen, and she will make an impact at Baylor. She currently has three course records, and I think we could see a lot more of that in her future with the way she can overpower a golf course."
Baylor has completed its 2017 fall season and begins the spring portion of its schedule at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, which runs Feb. 11-13 at Palos Verdes (Calif.) Golf Club. Follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the season.