Nov. 19, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz.—Arizona State women’s golf head coach Melissa Luellen announced today that Mikayla Harmon, Saki Iida and Monica Vaughn have signed letters of intent to study and play golf for the Sun Devils.
Harmon and Iida are both local Arizona products from Chandler Hamilton High School. Harmon, who has experienced success on both the national and local levels, recently placed third in the Arizona State High School Championships. Harmon also won the Sunrise at ASU golf tournament in November of 2011, shooting a 68 in the opening round.
"Mikayla will bring a fantastic work ethic both in the classroom as well as the golf course,” said Luellen. “She is passionate about the game and being a Sun Devil. She is a great local talent and we are thrilled to have her join our team."
Iida joins her Hamilton teammate on the Sun Devils as the 2009 Girls State Junior Golf Champion. Iida followed up her championship performance in the tournament to record back-to-back runner-up finishes in ’10, ’11. The high school senior also named an AWGA State Champion after winning one of the four titles in a four-stroke victory over her opponent in match-play.
"They say good things come in small packages and Saki is just that,” said Luellen. “She does the things necessary to score well, hit it down the fairway, hit it on the green and chip and putt well. With Saki's second place finish [at the Girls State Junior Golf Championship] with scores of 70-70, you can see why we are excited to have her on our roster. Our team will be very competitive internally, which will help us put an extremely competitive team on the course next season,”
Vaughn comes to Arizona State from Reedsport, Ore. where in 2010, she became the youngest player ever to win the Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship in the 101-year history of the event. One week later, Vaughn followed up her record-setting victory with a win in the Oregon Junior Amateur. She is only one of three golfers to hold both titles. Vaughn also finished one-shot off winning an individual Oregon State Championship in 2011.
"I love when great athletes play golf,” said Luellen. “Monica is so athletic and strong and she kills the ball off the tee. A competitive spirit is part of her DNA. She was just named first-team All State in volleyball. Monica's game will flourish with all of the great facilities and golf courses we have to offer in The Valley of the Sun."
The Arizona State women’s golf signing class will join the Sun Devils in the fall of 2013.