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Two sign with women's golf

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/18/2010 14:52:40
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Golf coach Jared Baszler announced that two top junior players in the Upper Midwest have signed a National Letter of Intent, indicating they plan to enroll at South Dakota State University next fall and compete for the Jackrabbit women's golf team.

Signing recently were:

• Amber Houser, New Prague, Minn., and

• Alli Plath, Onalaska, Wis.

"The additions of Amber and Alli to our program solidifies the foundation of Jackrabbit women's golf," Baszler said. With three graduating seniors, next year's incoming freshman class will be looked upon to contribute right away.  Amber and Alli are a great start to what we feel will be an exceptional freshman class next year."

Houser helped lead New Prague High School to the Class AAA state title during her junior season last spring, compiling a scoring average of 75.6. She was a member of the all-Missota Conference Team and also earned all-state recognition. Over the summer, Houser finished third in the Minnesota Junior PGA Player of the Year points standings and won medalist honors at the 2010 Minnesota Junior PGA Tournament of Champions. In addition, Houser placed 20th in the 2010 Minnesota State Open, a professional event featuring 66 players, with rounds of 74 and 79.

Ranked in the top 5 percent of her graduating class, Houser plans to pursue a major in psychology.

"Amber is another great addition to the Jackrabbit golf family," Baszler said. "She possesses a great short game, which gives her the ability to consistently shoot low scores. She is a model student-athlete who will fit perfectly into the philosophy we pride ourselves on at SDSU."

Plath is ranked as the No. 2 2011 recruit in the state of Wisconsin by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard after earning medalist honors at her conference, region and section tournaments each of the last two seasons. An all-state selection in both 2009 and 2010, Plath recorded a pair of top-10 finishes for Onalaska High School at the Division 1 state meet. On the junior circuit, Plath tied for fourth at the 2010 Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship and qualified for the 2010 National Optimist Junior Championship.

A member of the academic all-state team, Plath plans to major in sports medicine.

"We are very excited about Alli joining the Jackrabbit golf family next year. Signing one of the best players in the state of Wisconsin will help continue the growth of our Jackrabbit golf program," Baszler said. "Along with a strong golf background she is a proven leader that has shown the ability to do great work in the classroom."

South Dakota State competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of The Summit League. The Jackrabbits have finished as runner-up in the 10-team league two of the last three seasons.

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