Women’s Golf Adds Junior College State Champion and High School Senior During Early Signing Period

Head coach Brenda Howe continues to develop depth and competitiveness on her squad with two new additions for 2013-14

The Eastern Washington University women’s golf team took advantage of the early signing period with the addition of two new members, who recently signed national letters of intent to play golf at EWU. Taylor Crandall, a junior transfer from Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., and Hannah Kim, a senior at Kentridge High School in Kent, Wash., will begin their Eagle careers next fall.

Crandall comes to Cheney after a successful high school and junior college career in California. Crandall recently won the individual title at the 2012 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships. She fired a two-round total of 148 (78-70) to beat the runner up from Irvine Valley by two strokes.

“Taylor will be a ‘game changer’ next year,” said EWU head women’s golf coach Brenda Howe. “She has already celebrated post-high school success, which I think is a huge factor when it comes to success at the collegiate level.”

“A lot of players coming out of high school are used to being the big fish in a small pond,” added Howe. “But when they get to college, they’re all of the sudden a small fish in an extremely big pond. Some respond well, but others have a hard time adjusting to the change and don’t excel quickly. Taylor has already had post-high school success. She is used to winning, both individually and as a team. She doesn’t expect anything less. I hope the standards she has established for herself and her team will carry over to the rest of our squad.”

In her first year with the Comets in 2011, Crandall led the team to a dramatic win at the CCCAA State Championship, as Palomar edged rival Glendale by one stroke. Crandall sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to give Palomar that coveted team title. She posted a 36-hole total of 158, including a tournament-low 76 in the second round, to finish third on the individual leader board.

In Crandall’s two years at Palomar, her team won back-to-back Foothill Athletic Conference titles, while Crandall took home individual medalist honors at the 2011 conference tournament after carding a 148 (75-73).

Her scoring average as a freshman at Palomar was 76.1, and as a sophomore in 2012, she averaged 76.8 strokes per round.

As a high school athlete at West Hills in Santee, Calif., Crandall qualified for the So Cal CIF Regional Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and was a three-time First-Team All-State selection. She was also the Grossmont Conference Match Play Champion for three-consecutive seasons.

Kim, a four-year letterwinner out of Kentridge High School, is relatively new to the game of golf, but has quickly made a name for herself with success in both high school and Washington Junior Golf Association events.

“I am very excited to have Hannah be part of our team next year,” said Howe. “She is a late-comer to the game, but this past spring, her name began popping up everywhere in junior golf results. She has only been playing for a few years, but her true passion for the game is what has made her so good in such a short period of time.”

Kim is a four-year qualifier for the WIAA 4A State Championships, with her best finish to date coming at the MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake in May 2012. She carded an 82-74 to finish 10th overall. Just a couple weeks ago at the 4A District Tournament, Kim took fourth with a two-round total of 148 (72-76).

Her WJGA results include a runner-up finish at the 2012 district championships, where she had a 36-hole total of 145 (73-72). Her sub-district results last summer include rounds of 74, 75 and 75. She was also USGA Junior World Qualifier.

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