A pair of high school standouts signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, indicating they will enroll at South Dakota State University in the fall and compete for Head Coach Jared Baszler and the Jackrabbit golf teams.
Lukas Davison of Fargo, N.D. (Fargo South High School) is set to join the men's team, while Katie Purcell of Ames, Iowa (Ames High School) signed for the women.
Davison is the No. 1 ranked junior golfer in North Dakota, regardless of graduating class, according to both the National Junior Golf Scoreboard (NJGS) and the Polo Junior Golf Rankings. Purcell is the top-ranked golfer in her graduating class in Iowa, and ranked second overall by the NJGS.
Lukas Davison - Fargo, N.D. (Fargo South)
Davison is the reigning North Dakota Golf Association Junior Championship winner, shooting 147 (72-75) to take home the title in 2009.
Davison has had a solid high school career thus far, earning all-state honors twice. He placed sixth (78-78-156) at the North Dakota Class A State High School Tournament as a junior in 2009 and eighth (78-71-149) as a sophomore in 2008. Additionally, the Bruins won the team title both years and have rattled off six consecutive state titles overall.
Davison is a two-time all-East Region selection, posting a scoring average of 75.1 in 2009, and 76.4 in 2008. Also in 2009, he posted 10 top-5s in 12 events, including a pair of wins. Davison was medalist at the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament with a score of 76 during difficult weather conditions.
A two-time captain for Fargo South, Davison was voted Most Valuable Player and Most Dedicated by his teammates after leading the Bruins in scoring average in 2009.
In the summer of 2009, Davison placed sixth in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) W. Duncan McMillan Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. He added a win at the Big "I" Insurance Qualifier in Bismarck, N.D., a tie for second at the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier in Grand Forks, N.D., a third-place finish at the Fargo-Moorhead All-City Golf Tournament and a sixth-place finish at the NDGA Stroke Play Amateur Championship.
Davison has one more season of high school play remaining, wrapping up his career in Spring 2010. He is on the National Honor Roll for Academic Excellence with a grade point average of 3.75.
"We feel Lukas will be a great fit for all that our Jackrabbit golf program stands for," said Baszler. "He is a model student-athlete that plays a high level of golf. He has experience and success at the national junior level, which is a top priority in our recruiting profile.
"Lukas also comes from a high school program that is known for its long-term success, which is exactly what we are trying to establish at SDSU."
Katie Purcell - Ames, Iowa (Ames High School)
Purcell is the reigning Iowa Women's Golf Association Junior Championship winner, as well as the defending Iowa Class 4A State High School Tournament champion.
She fired 156 (75-81) to win the high school title in June 2009, while also leading the Little Cyclones to the state team title. Purcell placed ninth at state as a sophomore in 2008 (87-84-171) and tied for fifth as a freshman in 2007 (76-77-153).
At the high school regional meet, Purcell tied for first in 2009 (80), took second in 2008 (77) and won in 2007 (79). Additionally, she won the 2009 Iowa Conference title with a score of 157 (77-80).
Purcell finished in the top-5 in all 12 of her high school events in 2009. She took first out of 144 competitors with a score of 77 at the Valley Classic, and tied for second in a 120-player field at the second-opening Bobcat Invite, where she shot 81.
At the IWGA Junior, Purcell shot 154 (74-80) en route to winning the championship in 2009. She finished runner-up the year before with a two-round tally of 144 (69-75).
Purcell competed in numerous events at the state and national levels over the past few years. In the summer of 2009, she won an Optimist Qualifier with a score of 73, and also placed third in a Callaway Junior Series event with a score of 230 (80-74-76).
Purcell added a second-place finish at a Future Collegians World Tour event and a fourth-place finish at an American Junior Golf Association qualifier.
Purcell has one more season of high school play remaining, as she and the Little Cyclones look to defend their state titles in Spring 2010.
"We are very excited to add Katie to the Jackrabbit golf program," said Baszler. "She is the No. 1 ranked junior in Iowa for a reason, and we look forward to her having a bright Jackrabbit career.
"She will add some necessary depth to the roster that will return everyone from this year's squad."