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    Nov. 20, 2012

    By John Lock

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois women's golf head coach Alexis Mihelich has signed two players to national letter of intents for the 2013-14 season, she announced today. Mihelich signed Kristie Yang (Chino, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) and Brooke Cusumano (St. Louis, Mo./Westminster Christian Academy) for next season. Both players will have four years of eligibility when they arrive in Carbondale next August.

    "Both ladies are players who love the game of golf and come from golfing families," head coach Alexis Mihelich said. "They both have siblings playing college golf currently. They are motivated and dedicated, and those are the qualities I recruit. They will come in as freshman and make an immediate impact in the lineup."

    Cusumano has won the Missouri Class 1 state championship in each of the past two years. She has led Westminster to back-to-back state titles, including a record 91-stroke team win in 2011. She is coached by Steve Bradley. Cusumano placed second in the St. Louis Women's District Golf Association Championship and second at the Gateway PGA Junior Championships.

    "Brooke's high school coach said of her: 'competitiveness runs thru her veins,'" Mihelich said. "She's the player every coach loves to have on her squad. She shares a passion for championships. She sets a goal and works for it. She's resilient and will give 100 percent every day in practice and in tournaments. She will only improve. She's accurate off the tee and deadly with her wedges. August can't get here soon enough."



    Kristie Yang just helped lead Diamond Bar to a second-place finish in the California state golf tournament, where every high school competes in a single class. Yang finished tied for 12th individually in the tournament. She is coached by Tony McCabe. Yang was a two-year captain and four-year starter for Diamond Bar. Her team only lost one league match and won all four league championships. Yang was an All-League selection all four years and made it to the Southern Section Individual finals this year.

    "Kristie's game is polished and steady," Mihelich said. "She's consistent; and in college golf, you need consistency. She will be an impact player in the line up because every time she tees it up you know her scoring range. She will sneak some low rounds in and always stay steady. She's a player who will grind it out till the end. Her short game is sharp, and she wants to improve and become the best possible player she can become. She's personable, positive and always smiling. She will make a great teammate and is future leader on the squad."