SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's golf team has signed Tess Blair and Cloe Grand to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today. The pair will both enroll at the University as freshmen in the fall of 2019.
Blair is one of the most decorated junior golfers in Utah history. She captured her second consecutive state high school championship this past spring, defeated the California state high school champion at US Girls, won 10 times on the Utah Junior Golf Association over the summer and has been named the UJGA Player of the Year an amazing seven times. At the 2018 high school state championship, she shot 65-69 to win the event. She also became the youngest person to win the Utah Ladies Amateur and placed fourth at the Utah State Open which was a professional event. At the Utah Ladies Amateur, the Bingham HS senior was the stroke play medalist by two strokes and then won four match play matches en route to the title. Blair had a 7&6 win in the first round and followed that with a pair of 3&2 victories. She won the title with a convincing 6&5 win in the championship over a current Div. I player.
"Tess truly dominated Utah junior golf," Sacramento State Women's Golf Head Coach David Sutherland said. "She played terrific on a national level this past summer and has won a ton of tournaments at all levels. She's a very consistent golfer who is strong in all parts of her game. She's also a wonderful young lady who's had straight A's throughout high school."
Grand comes to the Hornets from Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland. This past summer, she won the Memorial Olivier Barras by eight strokes after shooting 72-69-71-212 and claimed a one-shot victory at the Border Championships in South Africa. Grand also added three other top three finishes on the junior tour. She was selected to represent Switzerland at the European Girls Team Championships and qualified for match play at the Girls' British Open Amateur Championships.
"Cloe has won a lot of tournaments throughout Europe and has shot some really low scores in doing so," Sutherland said. "She has a beautiful golf swing, she's a hard worker and has shown the ability to compete at a high level. We are really happy to have her in our program for the fact that she adds more international experience to our roster."
Sacramento State placed itself among some of the best teams in the country last season, winning four events and recording seven top three finishes. The team recently concluded the fall portion of its schedule and is again ranked among the top teams in NCAA Div. I. The Hornets return to action on Feb. 25-26 at The Gold Rush in Seal Beach, Calif.
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