Nov. 15, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming golf program is pleased to announced the addition of four prep student-athletes for the 2012-13 season. The Cowgirls signed Tyler Barker, Kathleen Kershisnik and Kourtney Williams to a National Letter of Intent, while the Cowboys signed Wyoming standout Kamrin Allen.
The following is a breakdown of the Cowgirls signees:
Tyler Barker, Vallivue High School, Caldwell, Idaho
Barker is a product of Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho playing for head coach Valerie Orr. Barker is a three-time member of the Idaho Girls Junior America's Cup team. She has won three consecutive individual 5A Idaho State Championships from 2009-11. Also in 2011, she won the Idaho State Junior Championship firing scores of 69 (-2) and 72 (+1) to finish with a final score of 141 (-1). Throughout the 2011 season she carried a 75 stroke average. Barker was named Idaho First-Team All-State in 2009-11. In 2009, Barker played in the US Junior Girl's Amateur National Championship. Barker was also recruited by Boise State and the Idaho.
"I have known Tyler for a while because we have similar mentors from growing up in Idaho and her competitiveness has earned her a lot of respect," Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender said. "Tyler is a solid long ball striker with a great temperament for being in high pressure situations. I feel she has tremendous upside with her raw athleticism."
Kathleen Kershisnik, Regis Jesuit High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Kershisnik hails from Highland Ranch, Colo., where she played for head coach George Miller at Regis Jesuit High School. She recorded three top-five finishes at the Colorado High School Golf Championships. In 2009, she earned runner-up honors, in 2010 she placed third and in 2011 she took fourth place. For her state championship finishes she earned All-Colorado in 2009-10 and earned Colorado All-State honors in 2009-11. During her senior season in 2011, she carried a stroke average of 73.7. In 2010 she helped lead her team to a state championship. This last summer she took fourth place in the Colorado Junior stroke play championship. She was a member of the Colorado Junior America's Cup team in 2009-10. Kershisnik was also an excellent student earning Academic All-State three years of high school. Also in the classroom she was named to the Principal Honor Roll all four years of high school. She was also recruited by Butler, Dayton, Montana, Richmond and SMU.
"Kathleen is a great fit for the program with her natural leadership skills," Stender said. "She is very mature and self-aware which has helped her develop strong fundamentals, focus and intelligent course management. Her coachable nature will allow her to transition well from high school and amateur play."
Kourtney Williams, Becker High School, Becker, Minn.
Williams joins the Cowgirls from Becker High School, in Becker, Minn. At the 2011 Minnesota State Golf Championship she earned runner-up in Class AA shooting a 76 (+4) and 73 (+1) for a total of 149 (+5). Her runner-up honor earned her First-Team All-State for the third-consecutive year. Williams was the Minnesota individual state champion her sophomore and junior years. She is a three-time Mississippi Eight conference champion. At the Minnesota Golf Association Junior Tournament she shot a three-under 69 to take home the medalist honors. She also helped her team to a MGA Team Championship while again earning medalist honors. Williams was also a two-time medalist playing on the Minnesota Junior PGA players' tour. She excelled in the classroom earning Academic All-Conference honors her sophomore year. She was also recruited by Minnesota, South Dakota State, Kansas, Iowa and Fresno State.
"Kourtney is a very driven, hardworking player with a great short game," Stender said. "She has progressed and had a lot of success over the past year in the winner's circle. She is the type of player that will push others around her to give 110 percent like her every day."
"I am thrilled to welcome three standout student-athletes to the program. Each young lady is a natural athlete with great determination and character, which has led them to succeed on and off the course. All three have competed in national events preparing them to adapt to the college game and contribute immediately."
The following is a breakdown of the Cowboys signee:
Kamrin Allen, Sheridan High School, Sheridan, Wyo.
Allen joins the Cowboy golf program as one of the most decorated players in Wyoming high school golf history. He is a two-time individual Wyoming State Champion in 2010-11. At the 2011 state championship he shot the lowest combined score (-10) in Wyoming State Championship history. For his championship performances he earned First-Team All-State honors. Adding to his accolades he is a two-time Wyoming junior champion. He has also earned Wyoming Junior Player of the Year honors three times. Allen is a three-time member of the Wyoming Boy's Junior America's Cup team and competed at the US Junior Boy's Amateur National Championship. He also earned a spot in the US Amateur Public Links Championship this past season. Allen was also recruited by Northern Colorado, South Dakota State and Minnesota.
"Kamrin is arguably one of the most decorated high school player we have ever signed," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "He has a lot of national experience which will help him come in and contribute early for us. He is a very good player who has dominated the regional golf scene lately. He is a great kid that works really hard and I am excited to have him join our program."