Nov. 11, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Head Golf Coach Walt Williams announced the signing of Nick Ellis, Dustin Poe, Bryan Sheridan and Kaitlin Parsons to National Letters of Intent Tuesday, Nov. 8.
"All three guys have a chance to come in and contribute right away as freshmen. I expect them all to be dominant as high school seniors and continue to improve. They're all great players and members of great families, and Poe even comes from a Cougar family. I think this is our best signing class ever for the men's team," Williams said.
Ellis will join the Cougars from Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee, Wash. During his junior year Ellis won the 4A State title in golf and also qualified for the Junior Wold Championship in San Diego. In that same season Ellis was also named the All-Big 9 MVP, finishing out his junior year with a 70.1 scoring average.
Poe joins the Cougars from Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash. Poe was named to the Greater Spokane League first team and voted team MVP his sophomore and junior seasons. As a sophomore Poe finished first in the GSL district championships, and during his junior season his team finished first at the Junior America's Cup. Poe's family has an extensive Cougar background with both his parents, grandmother, uncle, and two aunts having attended WSU.
Sheridan comes to Washington State from La Jolla Country Day High School in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. During his freshman season Sheridan won the Future College World Tour Duke Blue Devil Junior Classic and was picked as an FCWT All-American. As a sophomore Sheridan won the Coastal Conference championship and finished second in the points standing in the California Junior Tour. In his junior season Sheridan won the Arizona State University Junior Classic along with the Toyota Tour Cup Invitational.
"I see Kaitlin as having a chance to play right away. She had a solid junior season and is still improving. She's an excellent student, a member of the National Honor Society, and she comes from a great Cougar family. She will be a great addition to the women's team," Williams said.
Parsons comes to Washington State from Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee, Wash. During each of her first three seasons Parsons was named to the All-Big 11 team and finished second at the 4A district competition during her junior season. Parsons also found success during her sophomore season when she won the Washington Junior Golf Association district title.
East Wenatchee, Wash.
Eastmont High `07
HIGH SCHOOL: Has earned three varsity letters for golf coach Dave Duffy...Wildcat's team captain as a sophomore and junior...during FRESMAN season named to the All-Big 11 team and qualified for the 4A State championships...SOPHOMORE year repeat pick to All-Big 11 team...finished third at the 4A district tournament and 34th at the State tournament...won the Washington Junior Golf Association district title and was sixth at the WJGA state tournament...during JUNIOR year again named to the Big 11 team, finished second at the 4A district competition and sixth at the State championships...team won State title...competed in the North Pacific Ladies Team Washington vs. Canada Cup...qualified sixth in the PNGA Junior championship flight and won first flight championship.
PERSONAL: Kaitlin C. Parsons...born Nov. 4, 1988, at Wenatchee...parents David and Christi Parsons...two younger brothers...relatives who have attended WSU include grandfather David s. Parsons, father, mother, two aunts and an uncle...enjoys snow skiing...a member of the National Honor Society...academically ranked in the top 10 of her prep class...member of Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club and Chamber Choir.
East Wenatchee, Wash.
Eastmont High `07
HIGH SCHOOL: Has earned three varsity golf letters for coach Ron Kerby and also has played basketball for the Wildcats...during FRESHMAN year tied for eighth at the 4A State championships and won the 4A Sportsmanship Award...scoring average 73.2...as a SOPHOMORE named to the All-Big nine first team and tied for 11th at the 4A State championships...tied for fifth at the Washington Junior Golf Association championships...finished year with a 72.3 scoring average...JUNIOR year posted a 70.1 scoring average while being named the all-Big 9 MVP and winning the 4A State title...qualified for the Junior Wold Championship in San Diego and finished tied for third at the Junior America's Cup at Ogden, Utah.
PERSONAL: Nicholas Keith Ellis...born Feb. 14, 1989, at Wenatchee...parents Brian and Melody Ellis...one older brother...a cousin Josh Syria plays football at Woford State...interested in a sport management major at WSU.
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
LaJolla Country Day High `07
HIGH SCHOOL: Has earned four varsity golf letter for coach Bill Cahoone and received academic honors each semester...as a FRESHMAN he won the Future Collegiate World Tour Duke Blue Devil Junior Classic...named as an Future Collegiate World Tour All American...during his SOPHOMORE year he won his high school conference championship...finished second in California Junior Tour... finished first in points standing with Future Collegiate World Tour during JUNIOR year won Arizona State University Junior Classic...won Toyota Tour Cup Invitational.
PERSONAL: Bryan Sheridan...born Sept. 6, 1988 at Arlington Heights, Ill.,...parents Stephen and Pat Sheridan...two younger sisters...dad played baseball at Carroll College...interested in a business major at WSU.
Ferris High `07
HIGH SCHOOL: Has earned four varsity golf letters for coach Clarence Hough and also played basketball for the Saxons...team captain for the golf team as a junior and senior...during his FRESHMAN year his team placed second in the state championships...voted to the GSL second team...team was GSL champions...during his SOPHOMORE year voted to the GSL first team...was GSL district champion...voted MVP for Ferris High School...as a JUNIOR voted to the GSL first team... team MVP for Ferris High School...was top five low amateur in Rosawers Open.
PERSONAL: Dustin Michael Poe...born June 29, 1988 in Clarkston...parents Mark and Cathy Poe...one younger brother...relatives who have attended WSU include grandmother Joanne Poe, mother, father, uncle three aunts and an uncle...enjoys mountain biking...named to the Ferris High honor roll the last three years...interested in a business administration major at WSU.