Women's Golf Inks Two Recruits For 2008-09

Nov. 15, 2007

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford women's golf head coach Caroline O'Connor has announced the signing of two recruits to national letters of intent. Sydney Burlison (Salinas, Calif.) and Lila Barton (Dallas, Texas) will join the Cardinal for the 2008-09 campaign.

'Both Sydney and Lila have extensive international competition experience and should be tremendous assets to our program,' said O'Connor. 'Sydney and Lila have both represented the United States in the Junior Solheim Cup, which is the highest level of recognition you can receive as a junior golfer. These are two of the most decorated juniors in the country and they are joining an already talented squad. I am thrilled to have them in our program.'

Burlison first began to attract national attention at age 13, when she became the youngest player to qualify through two stages for the 2003 U.S. Women's Open. A four-time AJGA All-American, Burlison has claimed four AJGA event titles. She is a two-time U.S. Junior Solheim Cup Team selection and a three-time Canon Cup Team member. Burlison attends Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach, Calif. Earlier this year, she finished first in CCS with a medalist score of 68.

'I have been following Sydney since she was 12 and finished runner-up in the state amateur,' said O'Connor. 'I am so excited we have finally come to this day and look forward to coaching her next season.'

Barton has enjoyed an equally impressive career at Highland Park High School. A three-time district medalist and two-time regional medalist runner-up, Barton was a regional championship medalist in 2007 and has been named to all-state, all-region and all-district teams during her three seasons. A member of the 2005 Junior Solheim Cup squad, Barton is also a AJGA Scholastic Junior All-American and three-time AJGA Junior All-American. Barton was a 2007 USGA Women's Amateur Qualifier medalist after a star-studded career on the junior circuit.

'Lila has been one of the top junior players in the nation for years,' said O'Connor. 'She will bring a wealth of experience and tremendous leadership to our program.'

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