June 22, 2011

Women's Golf Adds Four to 2011-12 Roster

Alyssa Barrett, Jenna Gimbel, Laura Huertas and Ragna Olafsdottir join the Lions

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Continually growing her NCAA Tournament-caliber roster, Saint Leo Women's Golf Coach Erika Brennanhas bolstered her lineup heading into the 2011-12 season with the addition of four new Lions. 

Brennan has welcomed Alyssa Barrett, Jenna Gimbel, Laura Huertas and Ragna Olafsdottir to the Saint Leo women's golf team.  The foursome joins three returners (Goeun Lee, Tricia Maloney, andHeather Petronis) and will look to continue to keep the program in the national spotlight.

Alyssa Barrett
5-3
Stoughton, Ma. 
Notre Dame Academy Hingham

Barrett joins the Lions after an extremely successful high school career where her team at Notre Dame Academy Hingham claimed the Massachusetts State Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her talents on the course also led to a 2010 Mass Bay League All-Star selection in 2010.  She would finish fifth in the All-Star Tournament that year.

On her high school team, Barrett was two-time captain of the state championship winning group

A multi-talented athlete, Barrett also excels at swimming and is an accomplished pianist.

Brennan's Perspective: "Alyssa has great upside and a magnetic personality that will mesh well with the current team.  She has the type of focus and motivation needed to excel at this level."

Jenna Gimbel
5-7
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 
Ponte Vedra High School

Gimbel has excelled at the game of golf since before high school.  Once into the varsity level she was a three year starter for her high school team and qualified as the team's top player her senior year.  She also led her high school team to district and regional appearances each year on the team.

Honing her skills, the Floridian claimed the 2009 North Florida Junior Golf Summer Tour Championship and was the 2008 and 2010 TPC Sawgrass Junior Club Championship during her time as a high schooler.

She began her high school career by claiming team runner-up honors at the 2008 Florida State Championships.

Another multi-sport athlete, she was also a member of her school's women's lacrosse team.

Brennan's Perspective: "Jenna's work ethic and willingness to improve every single day will make her an amazing asset to our program.  Her bubbly personality makes her a coach's delight and I look to her to turn some heads this year."

Laura Huertas
5-9
Bogota, Colombia 
Gimnasio Jose Joaquin Casas/Academy of Art University

An international addition, Huertas brings an accomplished golf resume to Saint Leo.  Representing the nation of Colombia in the World Golf Championships, she also had a stellar season this past year at Academy of Art University. 

Prior to her time at the Academy of Art, Huertas posted impressive scores during her high school career in Bogota.  She posted fifth and sixth place finishes in the Colombian National Junior Golf Championships in consecutive years and also regularly finished in the top-five in tournament in her home country.

Her highlight in 2011 was a fifth place finish at the Grand Canyon Intercollegiate with scores of 75-74.  She had three Top-10 finishes this past year and four Top-20 finishes.

Brennan's Perspective: "Laura is a fierce competitor that will immediately make an impact on our squad.  Her tremendous disposition will fit in well with our team dynamic and she will help elevate our entire program from day one."

Ragna Olafsdottir
5-6
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland 
Flensborg High School

The Lions' other international addition, Olafsdottir managed a 79.75 stroke average this past year at McLennan Community College with her highlight being a 15th place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Nationals.  She led the team in six of eight events last season.  Her low tournament was a two-round 75-76 at the North Texas Fall Classic.

In 2010 she was a member of the MCC team that finished second at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship and won the Region V Championship.  She was an all-region and NJCAA all-tournament selection and had two second-place and three top-10 finishes.

In high school she was a four-time Icelandic Team Club Trophy winner and the 2006 Icelandic Youth Tour and Youth Championship winner.  In addition, she finished third at 2005 Icelandic Youth Championship and 2007 Icelandic Championship

Brennan's Perspective: "Ragna is a very consistent player with tremendous potential to take it low.  Her mental toughness is unmatched and she plays her best when the pressure is on.  I look for her to help anchor next year's squad."

All four of the Lions' newest golfers will open their Saint Leo careers with the start of the Fall Semester in early September.