November 18, 1999
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Morgan Hapney of Glasgow, Ky., Meghan Little of Sturgis, S.D., and Kansas Gooden of Harrisonburg, Va., have signed national letters-of-intent to continue their golf careers at the University of Louisville. The three will join the Cardinal squad next fall as U of L begins just its second year of competition. Coach Kelly Meyers is pleased with her recruiting class.
"These signees are all leaders in their states and proven winners. They will add a sharp competitive edge and depth to the current team," said Meyers. "I look forward to them joining this special team. They have made a commitment to this university, to this golf program and to themselves to make Louisville part of the national rankings as soon as possible."
Hapney lettered seven years on the varsity golf team at Glasgow High School for coach Mike Harris. She was a four-time all-state selection and helped Glasgow to three state championships. She was the KHSAA girls' state champion in 1999 and was the KGA-PGA Junior Amateur Champion in 1999. She finished tied for 11th at the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rowls Tournament. She made it to the second round of match play at the 1999 U. S. Girls Junior Championship and was second at the AJGA Henry Griffths Junior Tournament. and tied for fifth at the AJGA Ashworth Bluegrass Junior Tournament.
"Morgan has an outstanding short game and knows how to win!" said Meyers. "She comes from a strong high school team and knows how to win for a team and herself. I am very pleased that Morgan decided to stay in state. Her tournament experience will make a solid freshman impact."
Little lettered six years in varsity golf for coach Elwood Dietrich at Sturgis Brown High School. She won the Gary Woodle Golf Award five straight years and finished second in the PGA Juniors and fourth at the PGA Junior Series in Dayton. She was a regional champion in 1999 and holds 9-hole and 18-hole records for her high school. Sturgis Brown finished 8th in the state last year. Little also is the starting guard for her varsity basketball team. She also lettered four years in volleyball at the setting position.
"Meghan has a great attitude and she is competitive and is an athletic golfer with great potential," said Meyers. "She is ready to start college golf today and loves that opportunity and challenge of building a nationally ranked program. Meghan is one of the best Junior golfer in South Dakota."
Gooden lettered four years at Fort Defiance High School. She was the state champion in 1997 and 1999. She was the boys high school district champion in 1998 and won the Marion Miley bracelet for WWGA in 1997. She is the Bobby Bowers Match Play Champion in 1997 and was the Medalist at the US Junior Qualifiers in 1996 and 1999.
"Kansas adds experience and depth to the team," said Meyers. "I love her spirit and willingness to be the best. Her excitement and ambition to play golf on the LPGA can only help keep the team's attitude positive. Kansas is very competitive and very aware of how mentally strong a golfer needs to be to be competitive."