Carbajo Re has won 17 Argentine national events since 2007.
April 26, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Manuela Carbajo Re, the 2011 South American Amateur Champion, has signed a letter of intent to compete collegiately for the University of Georgia, head coach Kelley Hester announced on Thursday.
"Manuela is truly a world-class golfer and has a wealth of success in international competitions," Hester said. "She will certainly help fill the shoes of Marta (Silva Zamora) and our other three seniors we have graduating. We went through a well-fought recruiting battle with some of the top colleges in the country to get Manuela, and we are thrilled she chose Georgia. Manuela is very accomplished already coming in to college golf, and I think her future is extremely brighter."
Carbajo Re's extensive and impressive competitive resume includes winning the 2010 South American Junior title and finishing eighth at the 2010 World Team Amateur Championships. A native of Necochea, Argentina, she also secured two major victories competing in the United States in 2010, winning the Optimist International Junior Championship and the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic.
Carbajo Re was both the top-ranked amateur and junior in Argentina in 2009-10 and 2010-11. She is on pace to wrap up a third No. 1 amateur ranking when Argentina concludes up its 2011-12 season in May. All told, Carbajo Re has won 17 national level tournaments in Argentina since 2007, including the Argentine Amateur and the Argentine Women's Open in 2011.
Carbajo Re joins four fall signees for the Bulldogs. During the November early period, Georgia received letters of intent from Kailey Walsh (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Amira Alexander (Alpharetta, Ga.), who are currently No. 29 and No. 43, respectively, in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index girls rankings, as well as Sylvie Brick (Joliet, Ill.) and Alex Celli (Southlake, Texas).
"This 2012 class was a big one for us with four seniors graduating," Hester said. "Manuela is the cherry on top of what was already a very strong group for us. With all five of our signees, I feel confident that their best golf is ahead of them."