PISCATAWAY, N.J. –The Rutgers women’s golf team has announced the signing of four recruits during the early signing period. Terry Grandis, Jeanne Waters, Daley Owens, and Morgan Yoder will all join the Scarlet Knights for the 2007-2008 season.
“I am very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” head coach Maura Ballard said. “Not only has each player had an extensive and very competitive junior golf career, but they have all earned honors academically as well.”
Terry Grandis, from East Patchogue, N.Y. will join the Scarlet Knights with a great deal of experience under her belt. Grandis attended the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, in Bradenton, Fla., for her junior year, one of the top golf learning facilities in the country.
In 2005, Grandis won the Met Junior PGA NYC Championship, shooting a one-over-par 74. The following year, she was named MVP of her high school co-ed golf team, where she is the only female member. Grandis also finished second in the point race for the Met Junior PGA Long Island Golf Tour, posting several top-three finishes throughout the season.
Hailing from West Sayville, N.Y., Jeanne Waters was an important part of a Sayville High School squad that won two Long Island Championships, as well as three Suffolk County Championships. In 2006, she finished ahead of her future teammate, Grandis, winning the Met Junior PGA point race. She also had several top-three finishes in the tour.
Taylorsville, Utah native Daley Owens will travel the farthest to join the Scarlet Knights. Representing Salt Lake City West High School, Owens shot her lowest competitive score (72) in the Utah Girl’s High School Championship, in 2005. Owens owns several top-five finishes in the Utah Junior Golf Association Junior Tour, and was named an All-State Academic Athlete in 2006.
Yoder, a Liverpool, N.Y. native, and three-year member of the Liverpool High School golf team, currently holds all but one of the school’s individual golf records. In 2006, Yoder qualified for both the New York State High School Championship, as well as the Optimist Junior Golf Championship in Florida. That same year, she won the 2006 Central New York PGA Junior Tour Championship and was voted “Sportsman of the Year” by section high school golf coaches.
“They will be a great fit with the program,” Ballard said. “I expect them all to make an impact right away.” The Rutgers women’s team will replace the loss of seniors Lauren Braswell and Ashley Fowler.