Mihelich adds Kris Grimes to roster

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    Jan. 14, 2013

    CARBONDALE - Southern Illinois women's golf coach Alexis Mihelich announced the addition of Kris Grimes to the roster for spring 2013 semester. Grimes (Compton, Calif. / College of the Canyons) will have two years or eligibility remaining when she is athletically eligible to compete, starting in the fall of 2013.

    "Kris is persistent and competitive," head coach Alexis Mihelich said. "She is known for her length; but if you ask her what she likes best, she would say putting. A player who hits it long off the tee and can follow that up by making putts is what I call 'scary good.' She will make history when she suits up for us in the fall. With her dynamic personality, she will be a thumbs-up Saluki."

    Grimes is the first African-American golfer in the program's history. She twice finished in the top five at the California Junior College State Championships, winning the tournament as a freshman in 2011. She was a two-time All-American at the College of the Canyons. As a sophomore, Grimes won five tournaments in the fall of 2012 and kept a scoring average of 75.8 in her junior college career. She shot par or better in five rounds in the fall.

    In high school, Grimes led her school in scoring average in both her junior and senior years. She was a two-time City of Lakewood Hall of Fame selection and earned Saint Joseph's Athlete of the Year as a senior.

    Grimes will be the second member of the team from California, joining freshman Amy Lee. Kristie Yang (Chino, Calif.) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will be the third Californian in the last two years to join the Salukis when she arrives in the fall.