Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers golf coach Maura Ballard today announced that five student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Scarlet Knights. Andrew Tursky (Hillsborough, N.J.) will join the men's team, while Anne McNeil (Jacksonville, Fla.), Elizabeth Carl (Mendota Heights, Minn.), Elisa Mateer (Marmora, N.J.) and Brooke Stepanek (Guilford, Conn.) will compete for the women's squad.
"Each one of these athletes represents the epitome of what I'm looking for in a student-athlete," said Ballard. "They are not only talented in their sport, but are leaders in the classroom and with their peers."
Tursky is an honor student at Immaculata High School in Somerville and has had success playing the FCWT, IJGT, and AJGA Tours. A First Team All State selection, he was named the Courier News All-Area Player of the Year as a junior. He won the Rutgers Junior Open by six strokes after shooting two under par rounds. Tursky is the reigning Somerset County Champion and won the Non-Public North State Championship.
"We are very excited about the addition of Andrew," said Ballard. "It is a real thrill to keep this kind of talent at home."
McNeil is an honor student at one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, Stanton College Preparatory. She is the Gateway Conference champion two years running and was a four-time all conference selection. As a junior, McNeil shot 71 to win the league crown and 72 to win the regional tournament within two weeks of each other.
Carl, who has two older brothers that are also successful golfers, is the Classic Suburban Conference Champion and the Class AA State Championship runner-up. During a successful career at Henry Sibley High School, she was named First Team All State and is the current Section 3AA Champion. Carl will join good friend, current women's golf captain Lauren Huhnerkoch, in Scarlet.
Mateer was named First Team All State her junior year at Ocean City High School. She won the 2007 Red Devils Invitational at Copper Hill Country Club and placed 2nd at the Rutgers Girls Junior Open, shooting scores of 77 and 75. She is the current Women's Club Champion at Great Bay Country Club.
Stepanek is the younger sister of former Maryland standout golfer, Katie Stepanek, and current William and Mary standout, Morgan Stepanek. Brooke brings a rich line of family competitive experience to the Banks. She placed 2nd in the Connecticut State Girls Championship and qualified for the 2007 Westfield PGA Championship. Stepanek is captain of her co-ed team, and was named to the Connecticut All State golf squad. She is an honors student at Guilford High School and is President of the Athletic Leadership team.