Women’s Golf Announces Addition of Three Players for 2012-13 Season
St. Louis, Mo., June 11, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf coach Sean Curtis announced that three student-athletes will join the Bears’ program for the 2012-13 season.
The three players hail from three different states: sophomore Mackenzie Findlay, freshman Erin Lawrence and freshman Connie Zhou.
“We are excited about our incoming recruits for the 2012-2013 season. They all have had great experiences in their high school careers and we hope to continue that at Washington University,” said Curtis, the 2012 Division III National Coach of the Year. “We have strong group of returning players including Melanie Walsh, who was abroad last year in England at Oxford. The new players we have coming will push our current players and that will make us a stronger team mentally as well as more competitive.”
The women’s golf team placed 13th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship, making its third-straight NCAA appearance. Washington University was ranked No. 2 in the Golf World/NGCA women's coaches' poll and placed in the top-five in nine of 12 tournaments they competed in.
Complete biographies are listed below:
Sophomore • 5-10 • Renton, Wash. (Bellevue Christian)
2011-12: Attended Washington University but did not play golf … HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Bellevue Christian School … Two-year team captain … Placed 13th at state as a sophomore, ninth as a junior and 14th as a senior … Three-time all-league … Valedictorian of senior class … Yearbook Editor … Four-year High Honor Roll and Top Scholar … National Honor Society … Bellevue Rotary Club Student of the Month for October 2010 … United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award … PERSONAL: Born 8-27-92 … Majoring in international and area studies … Daughter of Patrick and Sara Findlay.
Freshman • 5-9 • East Lansing, Mich. (Haslett)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in golf and tennis and Haslett High School … Team captain in both sports … Amassed three top-25 finishes in the MHSSA State Final, including a fifth-place in 2011 … Averaged 41.1 as a senior … Career averaged of 42.3 (nine) and 86.4 (18) … Four-time all-conference and three-time Team MVP … Two-time all-Area … All-State selection as a senior … Academic All-State … National Merit Finalist … Valedictorian of senior class … Conference Scholar-Athlete … PERSONAL: Born 1-3-94 … Majoring in chemical engineering … Daughter of Roger and Elizabeth Lawrence.
Freshman • 5-3 • Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Lakeridge High School … Team captain as a senior … Averaged 76.86 as a junior and 75.71 as a senior … Three-time first-team all-State and all-league … Placed eighth at the state championship as a sophomore and junior and fifth as a senior … National Honor Society … Honor Roll … Received Merit Awards for having a 4.0 GPA for all four years … Herm Miz Golfer Award … PERSONAL: Born 2-8-95 … Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences … Daughter of Qingjiang Zhou and Yin Shen.
Editor's Note: Do not use the terminology "signs" or "signed a letter of intent" when referring to the student-athlete's commitment to Washington University in St. Louis. NCAA Division III institutions cannot offer athletic scholarships.