WGOLF Inks Impressive Recruiting Class
Nov. 10, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga women's golf head coach Brad Rickel announced the signing of three new Zags to National Letters of Intent for the 2018-19 season today.
“I believe this is the best recruiting class we have ever signed,” Rickel said. “These are three players who can make a big impact on our team. They understand what our program is about, a balance between academics, golf, and community. All three come from great families who are very supportive. They want to excel at college golf, but want all the things Gonzaga offers as well. I am extremely happy that these three great young ladies will be joining our team. Our future has never been brighter.”
Duong is the latest addition in the tradition of California talent coming to Gonzaga. She won the 2015 Central Coast Section Individual Championship at the Rancho Canada Golf Course in Carmel, Calif., shooting a 68. Her 69 at the CIF NorCal Regional Golf Championship won the title this fall at the Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, Calif.
She won the 2017 Junior Golf Association Northern California Tournament of Champions this year with a 71 at Quail Lodge Golf Course in Carmel and qualified for the US Girls Junior Championship with a 72 at the Merced Country Club. At the Girls Junior America’s Cup, she took third at Reflection Bay Golf Course with a 72-68-67. Duong also finished second at the AJGA Heather Farr Classic in 2016 at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., firing a 71-76-70.
“I chose Gonzaga because I feel that it would be the best fit for me,” Duong said. “I would like to attend a school that offers a balance between a good academic program and an environment where I can excel in golf. I had an amazing time on my visit and I love the coaches as well as the team! They made me feel like part of their family.”
She also participates in community outreach via school tutoring in elementary schools and is in choir.
“Quynn is our latest in a long line of Californians to join our program,” Rickel said. “She is a very accomplished junior golfer. She has succeeded at the high school state, AJGA, and the USGA level. She is a steady performer, with good ball striking matched with a solid short game. We will be looking for her to come in and help us immediately. I know she is going to be an integral part of our program’s future.”
Torre has a number of victories in her career, including the 2016 “Castelconturbia” National Trophy, 2016 “Tigullio” 63° National Trophy, and the 2016 “Città di Cervia” XX National Trophy. She won the 2016 U18 Italian Team and Individual Championships, the 2014 U16 Italian Individual Championship, and the 2011 and 2010 U12 Italian Individual Championship.
She finished third at the 2017 118th Biarritz Golf Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Girls British Open Amateur Championship. She took fifth at the 2016 Italian International Ladies Championship and finished ninth at the “Duke of York” Young Champions Trophy at the famous Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England.
“I'm Italian and when I visited Gonzaga University I felt at home,” Torre said. “I chose Gonzaga for its warm, welcoming atmosphere, and I was impressed by the organization for the international students, and the GU academic and golf programs. Among all the people I met, there was a high sense of community and in their Catholic Jesuit values that will help me to grow with the same values I learned in my family. I'm very excited to start this new student-athlete adventure with the Zag girls!”
Torre fired her career-low 64, seven-under, at the Adriatic Gold Club Cervia in Italy in 2016.
“Federica will be our second Italian in the last two years, joining Francesca Santoni,” Rickel said. “She is very passionate about golf and tournament golf. Federica has been extremely successful in European junior golf. Her World Amateur Golf Ranking is 268. The lowest world ranking of any Gonzaga signee ever. She has not only proved she can compete at a high level, but has proven she can win at that level. Federica is the kind of player that will continue to help us play on the national stage and she will be looking to take Gonzaga golf to new levels of success.”
Panke recently won the 2017 1B/2B/1A WIAA State Championship at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland, Wash with a 73-79 and also won the Sub-Districts and Districts/Regionals at Deer Park Golf Club in Deer Park and Chewelah Golf and Country Club in Chewalah with a 70-80. Over the summer, Panke won the Washington Junior Golf Association Sub-Districts at Deer Park Golf Club with a 76 and Districts at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman with a 69-79. Most recently, she finished ninth at the WJGA State Championship at Meadow Springs Country Club and Black Rock Creek Golf Club in the Tri-Cities with a 77-74.
She was the featured junior golfer in Golf Today Northwest Magazine in August. Panke was a competitive alpine skier from 2006 to 2015.
“I chose Gonzaga for the highly ranked athletic and academic programs, and the amazing student-faculty ratio,” Panke said. “The golf coaches and teammates create a family-like atmosphere. The student-athlete support is great and there is a fun college vibe surrounded by a wonderful community.”
Panke is the senior class and was the junior class president, along with being a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Future Business Leaders of America.
“We are happy to be bring in a local talent like Kaysa,” Rickel said. “2008 was the last time we signed a regional player. Kaysa is a good athlete and her athletic background will be a big asset to her. We think she is going to be a perfect fit for our program and her growth as a golfer over the last two years has been amazing. We see a potential in Kaysa that has her being a huge contributor to our program.”
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