Women's Golf Inks Three for 2014
Nov. 20, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s golf program has inked three golfers to its 2014 class, head coach Golda Johansson Borst announced Wednesday. Isabelle Johansson (Sala, Sweden), Haley Kluth (Noblesville, Ind.) and Grace Rose (Nicholasville, Ky.) all signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
“I am very excited about this signing class,” Borst said. “I believe all three players will come in and have an immediate impact on our team as we strive to compete for championships. They all come from different backgrounds, but they have one thing in common and that is their passion for Kentucky, especially Kentucky women’s golf. This group brings a competitive edge to our program and this will help them transition well into playing in the demanding Southeastern Conference. We are looking forward to having them join our UK family next fall and seeing how they grow both on and off the course over the next four years.”
Johansson will make the long trip from her hometown of Sala, Sweden, in 2014 to join the Wildcats. She currently attends Celsiusskolan and has already recorded several top finishes during her final year in high school. She finished second at both the Skandia Tour Elit omg.5 (75-73-73) and Titleist FootJoy Junior Open (78-79). Johansson also finished first at the Huvudstaden Junior Open with winning scores of 71 and 75 and third place at the Annika Invitational Europe, where she posted scores of 73-68-71. In 2010, she won the Skandia Tour Regional. Johansson is rated as the fifth-best golfer from Sweden in the 2014 recruiting class.
Johansson on why she chose UK: “I chose UK because it´s a great school with many resources and endless possibilities. When you are a UK student-athlete it’s up to you how good you will become.”
Coach Borst on Johansson: “Isabelle is a great addition to our program. She is a tremendous athlete and comes from a highly competitive family. Isabelle is very driven and focused on her goals and these are qualities that I believe will help her become a strong competitor within our conference. We are also looking forward to having another international player on our team as it provides an opportunity for our group to learn more about other cultures and playing styles. I know Isabelle will have a strong impact on our team and we are excited about what she will bring to our program next fall.”
Kluth, a native of Noblesville, Ind., is a four-time all-conference and all-county honoree at Noblesville High School. She was a two-time sectional champion in 2011 and 2012 with rounds of 69 and 71, respectively. Kluth was the 2012 Hoosier Crossroads Conference champion with a round of 75 and the 2013 runner-up with a score of 75. Her leadership and performance led her to be named captain of the team in both her junior and senior campaigns. At the 2013 Indiana Women’s Amateur Championship she finished runner-up with rounds of 70-73-75. Kluth was a qualifier for the 2013 U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Championship, while also recording the top high school finish at the 2013 Indiana PGA Women’s Open with rounds of 75 and 79. In 2012 at the Plantations Junior Golf Tournaments, Kluth was a medalist at the Legends Tournament and runner-up at the Cooks Creed Tournament. Off the golf course, Kluth is involved with National Junior Honor Society, while also volunteering with Circle City Relief.
Kluth on why she chose UK: “I chose UK because the atmosphere of the entire school is just incredible. When I walked on campus, I felt a sense of security. The athletic facilities are amazing, and Coach Borst played a huge part in my decision. Her success as a coach and her positive attitude influenced me to want to be a part of the UK Women's Golf family.”
Coach Borst on Kluth: “We are very excited about Haley joining our team in the fall. She will be a great addition as she brings a tremendous passion for the game along with a strong work ethic. Haley is a tough competitor and an excellent student, which exemplifies the kind of player that we look for here at UK. She is very driven on and off the course and we are really looking forward to start working with her next fall.”
Rose is from nearby Nicholasville, Ky., where she attends West Jessamine High School. Grace comes to Kentucky with a long list of accolades from her high school career. She was the 2013 region runner-up and Kentucky High School Athletics Association champion, while also earning KSHAA Player of the Year honors. She registered a 68 at the state championship and posted a scoring average of 73. Rose was the Mussleman Dunne Champion and Junior Champion Marion Miley runner-up. She also participated in the 2012 First Tee Pebble Beach.
Rose on why she chose UK: “I chose UK because I wanted to play SEC golf so that I could play against some of the best players. I have grown up in the Lexington area so the University of Kentucky is home to me. The coaches played a big role in my decision and I really liked their personalities and I felt like I fit in well.”
Coach Borst on Rose: “Grace is a great player who has really come into her own during this past year. This culminated in her winning the state championship, which was a tremendous accomplishment. She is one of the best players in the state of Kentucky and I know she will bring an incredible work ethic and competitiveness to our team. We are happy she decided to stay within the state and we can’t wait to have her on campus next fall.”
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