Nov. 30, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - Six is usually not a number that is associated as a positive when mentioned in the same breath as golf.
In this case it is, as that is the number of players that have signed national letters of intent to play for the Washington State women's golf program as announced by head coach Walt Williams, Friday.
The group includes four in-state products - Lindsey Bogden, Ashleigh Gilhuly, Heather O'Leary and Stephanie Parsley - and two from outside the state, Katharine Dorris and Summer Scanlon.
"I think we've got two or three players that can be immediate contributors and a couple of late bloomers that are fundamentally sound and will be really good down the road," said Williams. "They are all excellent students and I look for immediate contributions from this group next year. I believe that with their continued development, we could be a team to contend with in two to three years."
Two of Williams' in-state recruits - Bogden and Gilhuly - hail from the west side of the state. Bogden is from Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Wash. A three-time All-KingCo first team selection, Bogden finished fourth at the Washington Junior Golf Association State championship this past summer. Gilhuly comes from Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Wash. She is a two-time All-Seamount League selection who finished 12th in the state championship last year.
"Lindsey is an excellent player," said Williams. "She has a wonderful, very sound golf swing. She hits the ball long and will be a great asset to this team. Ashleigh is a late bloomer who hasn't competed a lot on the national scene yet but she is a very accomplished golfer on the west side of the state."
The two other Washington state products - O'Leary and Parsley - are from the east side of the Cascades. O'Leary, who will play her senior season at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, was a first team All-Big Nine Conference selection last year. Parsley captured the 2A state high school championship last year and represented Washington on the Junior America's Cup Team. In addition, Parsley was selected as the 2001 Central Washington Athletic Conference Golf Player of the Year and competed in the USGA Junior Girls Championship over the summer as well as the Junior World Championship.
"Stephanie has a very professional demeanor on the golf course," said Williams. "She is an intense competitor and I look for excellent things out from her. Heather is just now starting to come into her own. She is developing into a quality player and will help us down the road. I look for great things out of her this year in high school."
One of the two out of state products, Scanlon, is from neighboring Idaho while Dorris will come to the Pacific Northwest from Williams' native state of Texas.
Scanlon enters her senior season at Lake City High School in Hayden Lake as two-time defending Border League Champion. In addition to her success in Idaho, Scanlon posted a top 10 finish at the WJGA Championship over the past summer.
A 4.0 student at Zapata High School in Zapata, Texas, Dorris was the runner-up at the state high school championship last year. In addition, Dorris was an all-district, All-Region and All-State selection after her junior season, which was highlighted by her first hole-in-one.
"Katherine wanted to play in the Pac-10," said Williams. "She wanted a chance to play at the highest level and wasn't opposed to coming up here. The fact that I am from Texas also had a little bit to do with that."
Washington State Women's Golf 2001 Fall Signees:
Lindsey Bogden (Eastlake High School, Sammamish, Wash.)
Katharine Dorris (Zapata High School, Zapata, Texas)
Ashleigh Gilhuly (Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Heather O'Leary (Walla Walla High School, Walla Walla, Wash.)
Stephanie Parsley (Chelan High School, Chelan, Wash.)
Summer Scanlon (Lake City High School, Hayden Lake, Idaho)