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    May 7, 2012

    By Megan Kramper

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois women's golf team has added Amy Lee and Alexis Gatton for the 2012-13 squad.

    Lee and Gatton join Mattie Linder, Morgan Reimer, and Whitney Nuget to round out next year's class to five.

    "I'm excited to bring in these two ladies in with my first signing class and they both are very eager to begin their Saluki careers," SIU head coach Alexis Mihelich said.

    Lee joins the Salukis from Irvine, Calif. where she helped Irvine High School to three-straight California Interscholastic Championships from her sophomore to senior year.

    She was named team MVP three times and was a junior world qualifier as a freshman. She is a three-time Pacific Coast League first team selection and a second team All-County honoree.

    "Amy has talent combined with work ethic, and I'm confident she will develop as a stand out player in the Valley," Mihelich said.

    Gatton, a native of Edwardsville, Ill., has been a member of the John A. Logan women's golf team for the past two seasons. In that time, she helped the Lady Vols to a Region 24 championship in 2011 and was named an All-Region 24 honoree this season. She is also a current teammate of Saluki signee Whitney Nuget.

    Gatton posted two top 10 finishes in her career, including a fifth place showing at the Rend Lake Invite and tied for eighth a the Milikin Classic.

    Gatton played three seasons for Edwardsville High School where she was named the Most Improved as a sophomore. She earned second team All-Conference honors as a junior while tying for first in the Madison County Tournament.

    As a senior, Gatton was a first team All-Conference selection and Madison County champion while tying for third at the Dick Gerber Tournament.

    "Alexis comes to us with two years of collegiate golf already under her belt," Mihelich said. "She is a solid ball striker who is passionate about improving and becoming the best player possible."