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Dec 9, 2004

BOULDER -- University of Colorado head women's golf coach Anne Kelly has penned Pueblo, Colo. native Sarah Ruybalid and Lindsay Caljouw of Nanaimo, British Columbia to National Letters of Intent to attend CU in the fall of 2005.


            "I'm thrilled with this year's class" said Kelly.  "We have one of the best players in Colorado and Canada joining our team.  Assistant coach Brent Franklin and I watched a lot of golf this summer.  We definitely felt that if we could sign Sarah and Lindsay that we would have a very successful recruiting year.  We believe these players will have a big impact on the success of our program during their careers at CU."


LINDSAY CALJOUW, Freshman, Nanaimo, British Columbia  

Juniors:  Caljouw's high school didn't sponsor golf, but on the country's junior circuit she was the No. 1 player on the Canadian Merit List in 2004.  In Provincial play she finished 23rd in 2001, had a top-10 finish a year later in Vancouver, BC, finished third in 2003 on the same course and earned medalist honors in 2004 with a 73-79-70.  In Canadian Levels play she finished 19th in Quebec and third in 2004 in Saskatchewan.  At the Junior World Championships, she finished third in 2003 on Torrey Pines in San Diego and made the cut in '04 carding a 3-under in the last round.  As a member of Team Canada, she is currently playing in the invitation-only Aaron Baddeley Junior World Championship in Nada, Fiji against teams from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Fiji.  Caljouw entertained options of attending Kent (Ohio), Indiana, Fresno State, San Diego State and Tulane prior to committing to the Buffs.

Other: Her home course is the Nanaimo Golf Club and her best round in competition was a 3-under in the final loop of the 2004 World Championships on the Torrey Pines course in San Diego.

In The Classroom:  Caljouw will be an open option major at Colorado and is interested in studying sports management or business.

Personal:  Lindsay Ellen Caljouw is the daughter of Dana Caljouw of Nanaimo.  Born May 7, 1987 in Nanaimo, she enjoys snowboarding at Mt. Washington and was a competitive figure skater on the British Columbia junior level for eight years.


"Lindsay is the top-ranked junior in Canada.  She's extremely gifted and hits the ball a long way.  She's got a great sense of humor, adding even more to our team.  She's really excited about coming to CU.  She fell in love the campus and Boulder during her recruiting trip and has a lot in common with both assistant coach Brent Franklin (a BC native) and current senior Allison Rella (from Cranbrook, BC)


SARAH RUYBALID, Freshman, Pueblo, Colo.

High School:  As a sophomore in 2003 Ruybalid played to medalist honors in 11 of 12 South Central League tournaments including the Southern Regional Championship in Alamosa at Cattails Golf Course with a 1-over 73 and finished third in the 4A State Championship at Westwood Golf Course with an 81-79.  In 2004 she won six of seven league tournaments including the Southern Colorado 4A Regional Championship (75) at Hollydot G.C. in Colorado City; set the women's course record (72) at Show Hills G.C. in Canon City; played to a medalist finish in the Pueblo City High School Championship (75) on the Desert Hawk G.C; finished fourth with a 77-81 in the 4A State Championship at Colorado Springs Country Club.  Ruybalid also played basketball for the Colts her freshman year and was a member of the swim team (freestyle and backstroke) her sophomore through senior seasons.

Other:  In 2003 and '04 she was selected to the Colorado Junior Golf All-Star Team and was also a member of Colorado's America Junior Cup Team, playing in Whitefish, Mont., and British Columbia, respectively.  Both seasons she qualified at the Colorado/Wyoming Regional at Englewood GC to play in the Optimist International in Florida.  In 2003 she was the medalist in the World Junior Golf Cup Qualifier at Thorncreek GC, City of Aurora Junior Championship at Murphy Creek GC and Pueblo Women's City Championship at Elmwood GC.  In 2004 she added wins in the Callaway Junior World Qualifier at Aurora Hills GC and Future Collegiate World Tour Southern Colorado Junior Golf Shootout at Walking Stick GC.  She also advanced to the semifinal round of CWGA Match Play and played in the Colorado Women's Open at Green Valley Ranch in Aurora as one of only 14 amateurs, the only prep player, to make the final cut when the field was narrowed from 120 to 54.

In The Classroom:  A 4.0 student all seven semesters at Pueblo South, Ruybalid will be enrolled in CU's College of Arts and Sciences and is interested in pursuing a major in journalism.  As a freshman and sophomore she was class secretary and as a junior was student body secretary.  She has been a National Honor Society member since her sophomore year as well as president of the Spanish Honor Society.

Personal:  Sarah Louise Ruybalid was born May 10, 1981 in Pueblo.  She is the daughter of Ernest (a CU Law School graduate) and Sarah Ruybalid of Pueblo.  She has two older brothers, Mark, who plays golf at CU-Colorado Springs and Joey, a sophomore at UCCS.  Her hobbies include shopping and cooking (especially desserts).  In her spare time she does volunteer work through Pueblo South's Student Council and the Tri-Parish Youth Group, including tutoring twice a week at local elementary schools and local food drives.


"I have watched Sarah for several years and she continues to improve each season.  She is an extremely dedicated, hard working young lady and is excited about continuing her family's legacy at CU.  She has an outstanding short game that should server her well in college and a determined, calm attitude that will help her excel over the course of her career."