Cheney, Wash. - Eastern Washington University Women's Golf head coach Brenda Howe announced the signing of three signees to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The signings include Megan Ohland (Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert HS), Ashley Ohland (Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert HS), and Madalyn Arduesser (Eugene, Ore./Homeschooled). They will graduate this spring and join the Eagles in time for the 2016-17 season.
"To say I'm excited about this class might be an understatement", said Howe. "All three of these ladies have very successful juniors careers, and will all make immediate impacts next year. They're used to being the top performers in every tournament they play, and I see that carrying over into the college game. Their work ethic on and off the course is outstanding."
Megan Ohland has had many accomplishments in her junior career, such as winning the Junior Golf Association of Arizona's (JGAA) 15-18 Girls Sportsmanship Award in 2013. She's qualified and competed in two of the largest tournaments in junior golf, the 2015 IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championship in Torrey Pines, and the 2015 Arizona Girls Junior Americas Cup as a member of the Arizona team. She held a 76.9 scoring average in 2015.
"Megan is coming off an amazing year, she qualified for two of the biggest tournaments in Junior Golf. Along with her sister (Ashley) I'm excited to bring her talent level to EWU", mentioned Howe.
Other tournaments Megan placed highly in was a first place tie at the 2015 JGAA Yuma City Junior Championship, shooting a 73 and 76, second place at the 2015 JGAA Willie Low Invitational, and third in the Junior World Qualifier, where she earned scores of 75 and 73.
Ashley Ohland, sister of Megan, has a similarly impressive track record, with a third place finish at the Yuma City Junior, shooting for totals of 76 and 74, and another third place run at the Antigua Milt Coggins Junior Championship where she shot 79-71-76 through three rounds. Her stroke average in 2015 was 78.1.
Brenda Howe shared part of her experience in her recruiting, "I first started recruiting Megan not knowing she had a twin sister. It didn't take me long to realize that the name Ohland was popping up multiple times in tournament results. I was thrilled to find out that the sisters wanted to compete on the same collegiate team. Ashley is a competitor and, like her sister, has a desire to compete."
Madalyn Arduesser was an OSAA first team all-state athlete for three years, as well as first team all-district for four years in the Mountain West and Southwest conferences, all while holding a current scoring average of 75.2.
Her junior golf experience includes the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour where she finished in the top five in the five events she played. Among other accolades are three first place finishes, one of which at the Central Oregon Junior where she shot 72 and 71 in two rounds of play, and the Oregon Masters where she shot 75 and 72.
Coach Howe believes she'll be an integral part of the team, "I'm excited to have Madalyn join us next year. She's graduating a year early and was originally thinking about taking a year off to work on her game. After coming off an amazing year, I feel she is beyond ready for the college level. She is very knowledgeable about the golf swing and has a very disciplined approach to the game. From proper nutrition for performance, to strength and conditioning, she's able to apply her knowledge in order to maximize her performance on the golf course."
The Eastern golf team will begin its spring season on Mar. 7, 2016, in Boulder City, Nev., for a two day event.