Nov. 27, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen announced today that three student-athletes, one with the Cowboys and two with the Cowgirls, have signed national letters of intent to play golf for UW beginning in the 2008-09 season.
The group includes two former Wyoming high school state champions and one of the best junior players in the Canadian province of Alberta. Clinton Boutelle of Cody, Wyo., Kelsey Podlesny from Green River, Wyo., and Juanita Rico from Calgary, Alberta will join the UW squads next fall.
"All three of these players are great fits for the Wyoming Golf program," said Jensen. "They each play at a high level, compete in whatever situation they are placed in and can contribute to taking both the UW men's and women's programs to the next level. They want to be part of a good situation here and will compliment the talented, young group we already have in place."
Clinton Boutelle, 6' 2", is the current Wyoming 3A state champion from Cody High School. He has been selected as a member of the Wyoming Junior America's Cup Team both in 2006 and 2007. Boutelle has been named All-State the last two years, All-Conference the last three years and was his team's captain as a senior. As a junior he took third place in the state 4A tournament. Along with four high school golf letters, he also lettered three years in hockey. Clinton is the son of Rodney and Susan Boutelle and has one older sister, Courtney. Boutelle was also recruited by Colorado and Arizona.
"Clinton is nationally known and recognized for his accomplishments during his junior career and had several options to play at the college level," said Jensen. "I am so pleased that he chose to be a Cowboy. I know his background and have followed him for years as he has developed, and can tell you that he has a tremendous upside. Clinton has played with many of our current team members and that should help his learning curve. He will fit right in."
Kelsey Podlesny will come to UW via Green River, Wyo. The 5' 4" senior at Green River High School was the Wyoming 4A state champion as a junior in 2006 and runner-up in both 2005 and 2007. She was an All-State and All-Conference selection all four years of high school, as well as a four year letterwinner. At one point during her high school career Kelsey won 11 straight events. Podlesny was named to the Wyoming Junior America's Cup Team twice, in 2006 and 2007. She was the Wyoming Junior Amateur champion in 2006, a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier this past summer and was runner-up at the 2007 Utah Junior Open. Kelsey is one of two daughters of Drew and Mary Podlesny. Her younger sister is Emily. Other schools recruiting Podlesny included Colorado State, Iowa State and Minnesota.
"Kelsey's game overall is very solid and she brings with her an attitude that she can compete with anyone," said Wyoming Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "Through her regional and national experience she has developed a high confidence level to go along with her high level of play. Kelsey is proud to be a part of this program and I am pleased that we are able to keep some of the best home-grown Wyoming talent in-state."
Juanita Rico is a 5' 4" product of Calgary, Alberta. She has Canadian citizenship, but was born in Bogota, Columbia. In 2007 she was awarded the Alberta Junior Order of Merit, given to the top junior player in the province, as well as the Canadian Junior Golf Association's Harbridge Sportsmanship Award. Recently, Rico was one of only 18 Canadian junior players selected to participate in the 2007 Scotiabank Women's Charity Challenge, which included LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam in the field. A CJGA Team Canada member at the Mizuno North America Cup and Stephen Ames Cup this past summer, Juanita contributed to both team victories as the Canadian side defeated IJGT Team USA and the Trinidad& Tobago Golf Association respectively. In 2005 she won her division at the Royale Canadian Junior Championship and was the Alberta Juvenile Order of Merit winner. Juanita, an honors student, attends Bishop Grandin Senior High School and will graduate in May of 2008. She is the daughter of Norberto Rico and Luisa Pardo. Juanita has an older brother, Diego Andres. Rico was also recruited by Denver, Colorado and South Florida.
"The international playing experience that Juanita brings with her will be invaluable," said Stender. "She has experienced many different courses, levels of play and playing conditions, and that is similar to what she will see from collegiate golf. Juanita is very driven and goal-oriented and has worked hard to give herself the chance to play golf in college.
"Both Kelsey and Juanita should adapt to the college game easily. As has been the case the past few years, this team will benefit from their wealth of experience. We continue to get deeper in our lineup with each progressing year and this is no exception."