April 23, 2014
By Tyler Wooten
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Saluki women's golf has announced its first signings for the 2014-15 school year, Alice Ho of Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio and Hanna Netisingha of West Chicago Community High School in Carol Stream Ill.
Wadsworth High School
Intended Major: Dietetics
Four-time First-Team All-Suburban League golfer
Four-time First-Team All-Northeast Ohio selection
2013 Suburban League MVP
The Post (Wadsworth) Player of the Year in 2013
Two-time Ohio Junior Amateur runner-up
Finished 45th (freshman), ninth (junior) and 17th (senior) at the state meet in high school
2012 Second-Team All-Ohio
20th-place finisher at 2011 Optimist International Championships (at PGA National Resort and Spa)
Two-time Midwest Girls Golf Classic medalist
2010 Medalist at the Medina County Tournament at Bunker Hill
2013 Medalist at the Lady Rough Rider Invitational at The Fairways at Twin Lakes
Two-time runner-up at Pre-Conference Tournament at Baberton Brookside
Three-time district qualifier
Broke Wadsworth girls and boys nine-hole record (33, -3) at Brunswick Hills
Ho, a native of Wadsworth, Ohio, comes to Southern as a decorated high school golfer that has also had success on the junior circuits as well. Ho was a four-time first-team All-Suburban League and a four-time first-team All-Northeast Ohio selection in her four years at Wadsworth High School -- where she owns the all-time nine-hole record among boys and girls at three-under par (33). Ho has also won four tournament medals in her career and is a two-time Ohio Junior Amateur runner-up. She will also come to SIU as a recipient of the Dean's Scholarship.
"She's very accurate off the tee, she's got a good short game and she just wants to play," said SIU head coach Alexis Mihelich. "In the recruiting process I asked her what her goals were. A lot of players have different things to tell you, but she very specifically said, `I want to shoot 66 in a collegiate event.' So I asked her, `Why not 69, why 66?' And she said, `Because I've been in a position where I know I can make six birdies.' That's her personal goal, and it was one that's so well thought-out that it's going to be a motivating drive for her that I could see her doing that."
Carol Stream, Ill.
West Chicago Community High School
Intended Major: Zoology
Four-time team MVP
2012 DuPage Valley Conference Player of the Year and Individual Champion
Part of two sectional and state qualifying teams
Back-to-back regional runner-up as an indidivudal
Four-time academic all-conference
Two-time Willowbrook Invite champion
2013 CDJA/IJGA Mill Creek Open champion
Netisingha hails from Carol Stream, Ill., where she was a three-time All-DuPage Valley Conference performer at West Chicago Community High School. In high school, Netisingha was also a four-time team MVP, a four-time academic All-DVC honoree and a two-time regional runner-up on two state qualifying teams.
"She's very accurate and consistent," Mihelich said. "She's a poised player out on the golf course and is very confident. She has a dynamic personality and will make a great teammate."
Netisingha has also showed her worth in the tournament scene, where she has claimed three medals -- including an impressive victory at the Illinois Junior Golf Association Mill Creek Open in 2013.
"Hanna loves golf," Mihelich said. "She loves playing tournaments. In the recruiting process, you could tell she enjoyed everything about tournament play. She has 13 summer tournaments lined up this upcoming summer. With that competitiveness and experience she can be ready for next season."