Stanford Women's Golf Inks Two Top Recruits To National Letters Of Intent
Nov. 13, 2008
Stanford, Calif.- Stanford women's golf head coach Caroline O'Connor has announced the signing of two of junior golf's premier recruits to National Letters of Intent. Sally Watson (Elie, Scotland) and Kristina Wong (Binghamton, N.Y.) will join the Cardinal for the 2009-10 season.
'We are very excited to have both Sally and Kristina join the Stanford Golf program,' said O'Connor. 'This is by far one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. They were two of the most highly sought after recruits in the country and they'll bring a wealth of international experience to our squad next year.'
Watson, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, has local ties to the Bay Area as she lived in Orinda, Calif. with her family from 2000 through 2003. The family moved back to Scotland, but in 2006, Watson returned to the United States to attend IMG's David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
Watson, who was ranked as high as #5 by Golfweek/Titleist this past year before being sidelined with an ACL injury, was a member of the 2008 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team where, as the second youngest player on the squad, she was tied as the team's highest total point earner.
In 2007, Watson qualified for the Women's British Open where, as one of the youngest players in the field, she went on to make the cut against the top competition in the world. That same year she was Medalist at the Girls' British Amateur and she was also selected to the European Junior Solheim Cup team and helped lead her team to victory against the United States.
'I have been following Sally since she was 14 and playing for the Scottish team at the European Girls Team Championship in Switzerland,' said O'Connor. 'She is an outstanding all-around athlete with exceptional ball striking skills and a very comprehensive knowledge of the finer details of the sport. She's a gifted and tenacious competitor and we're really happy to have her as a part of our program.'
Wong is one of the top junior golfers in the United States. She is currently #4 overall in the country by Golfweek/Titleist and # 2 in the class of 2009. She is a three time AJGA Rolex All-American and was honored recently by being named as a 1st Team All-American for 2008.
Wong has accumulated dozens of top-10 finishes on the national junior circuit over the past few years. This past summer alone she recorded eight top-10's including a victory at the 2008 SAP Junior Open Championship and runner-up finishes at the Ping and Scott Robertson Invitationals. She also was also a semifinalist at the prestigious 2008 USGA Junior Girls Championships. Wong was also honored by being chosen to represent the East in the annual AJGA Canon Cup matches for the past three years.
Wong is the 39th-ranked amateur golfer in the US by Golfweek/Titleist and finished sixth at the South Atlantic Amateur in 2008. She also advanced to the round of 16 at the USGA Women's Amateur in 2008 and was the stroke play co-medalist in 2007.
'Kristina has been a strong force on the east coast for years, but she really came to the forefront nationally this past season with her outstanding play on the national junior circuit and at the USGA Championships, She has great ball control and is very consistent competitor and I think she'll be a tremendous asset to our program.' said O'Connor. 'We battled some of the top programs in the country for Kristina and are elated to have her on The Farm.'
The Cardinal had an impressive fall season where it won the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., and finished third at the Stanford Invitational against an elite field. It will not compete again until February 9, 2009, when it travels to Palos Verdes, Calif., to begin its spring season in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.