Nov. 21, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Harang Lee, Sammi Lee and Mary Ellen Shuman all signed letters-of-intent to play golf collegiately for the University of Georgia during the weeklong NCAA early signing period, which concluded Wednesday. The trio comprises the first recruiting class for head coach Josh Brewer and assistant coach Lindsay Hulwick, who are in their initial season with the Bulldogs.
"We're very excited about our first recruiting class as coaches at Georgia," Brewer said. "We think these golfers provide a great foundation of student-athletes as we try to build our program. I'm confident they'll represent the University of Georgia very well. Each has a wealth of tournament experience and success, which is key when you're trying to build a team."
Harang Lee is a native of Castro Uridales, Spain, and is currently No. 61 in the world amateur rankings. Lee won both the 2012 Spanish International Stroke Play Championship and the 2011 European Young Master's and also represented Europe in the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup. She helped Spain to a third-place and runner-up showings at the 2011 and 2012 European Girls Team Championships, respectively.
"Harang is one of the best junior golfers in Europe," Brewer said. "She's played a lot of team golf representing Spain, which is important when you're transitioning to college golf. She should step right in and help us immediately."
Sammi Lee has recorded nine top-10 finishes in American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events during her junior career, headlined by winning the 2011 Lockton Kansas City Junior. The Winter Park, Fla., native also posted four top-5 showings at Florida State Golf Association tournaments during 2011 and tied for eighth at the 2012 Annika Invitational.
"Sammi loves golf and she loves the University of Georgia, which is the combination we're looking for," Brewer said. "She's also won competitively at the national level, which is very important on the golfing side. We're excited to have her coming to Athens."
Shuman is a two-sport standout at Frederica Academy in St. Simons Island, Ga. She captured medalist honors at the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Class AA State Golf Tournament in both 2010 and 2012 and is a five-time winner on the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour (SJGT). Shuman also earned All-Region recognition in basketball as a junior.
"We think Mary Ellen is the sleeper of this class," Brewer said. "She plays basketball six months out of the year and still dominates local golf tournaments. We think she can bring that competitive fire and improve a great deal when she concentrates on golf 12 months of the year instead of just six."
Georgia has long been one of the nation's premier women's golf programs. The Bulldogs won the 2001 NCAA Championship and boast 25 top-25 and 20 top-10 finishes at the national championships over the past 34 seasons. Three Georgia golfers have captured individual national titles – Terri Moody in 1981, Cindy Schreyer in 1984 and Vicki Goetze in 1992.
Georgia is set to host the 2013 NCAA Championships next May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. It will mark the fifih time the UGA course has hosted the women's golf national championships, following 1972, 1981, 1983 and 1993.