Cheney, Wash. – Eastern Washington Women's Golf head coach Brenda Howe announced the commitments of one four-year transfer and two high school seniors ahead of Eastern's 2014-15 campaign Wednesday, July 16.
Brooklyn Kraakman (Deroche, B.C., Canada/Alabama State) joins the Eagles after two standout seasons at Alabama State while Kimberlie Miyamoto (Kahului, Hawaii/Baldwin HS) and JoAnna (Annie) Leete (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS) come to Eastern following impressive prep careers.
"I am extremely excited for this incoming class," Howe said. "Having only lost one player last season, I wasn't expecting to bring in three players, but things fell into place late in the recruiting process and I feel as though we've catapulted ourselves into a different level of competitiveness with these talented additions."
A two-time All-Southwest Athletic Conference selection, Kraakman led Alabama State to consecutive SWAC Championships in 2013 and 2014. As a sophomore, she finished fourth at the SWAC Championship and tied for 55th at the NCAA East Region Championship, the best-ever finish for any ASU golfer.
In 2013, Kraakman won the 2013 Florida A&M Spring Invite, shooting a one-over 73 in the rain-shortened 18-hole tournament.
As a junior golfer, Kraakman recorded three top-10 finishes in 2012, taking fifth at the B.C. Junior Girls Championship (75-75-71-76), ninth at the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship (76-71-77-75) and 10th at the B.C. Women's Amateur Championship (74-75-73-69).
"Brooklyn brings to us an extremely impressive junior golf resume," Howe said. "Her junior golf success paired with her successful team experiences at the NCAA Division I level will bring us a competitive player as well as a player with the desire to win tournaments."
A Hawaiian native, Miyamoto had a standout career at Baldwin High School, winning the 2014 Maui Interscholastic League Championship by 23 strokes (75-77-78-80-72). She was the MIL Player of the Year as a senior and took 12th at the Hawaii State Championship, shooting a two-round 154 (78-76).
Miyamoto won the Maui Open Championship in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013 and is currently going for a third consecutive title.
"Kimberlie is an extremely accomplished golfer at the state level," Howe said. "The more she plays in tournaments, the more impressed I am with her. She's used to winning tournaments and I know this will translate at the next level."
In-state product Leete comes to Cheney after an impressive prep career at Oak Harbor High School. She won individual titles at the WESCO District and WESCO Conference tournaments in 2013 and 2014 and qualified for the Washington State Championship in each of her four seasons.
As a senior, Leete had a scoring average of 79 after breaking Oak Harbor's single-round score with a 70 at the 2013 WESCO District Championship.
"Annie is a Washington golfer and multi-sport athlete," Howe said. "I'm excited to see her focus on one sport 100 percent. She has a lot of raw talent and I'm thrilled to get the chance to see her transform at the college level."
EWU's three signees join the team's six returning letter winners, giving the Eagles the necessary depth to make their 2014-15 campaign one to remember.