Women's Golf Signs 3 for 2014
Dec. 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University head women's golf coach Clint Wallman announced today that Taylor Howerton (Evansville, Ind.), Alix Kong (West Vancouver, British Columbia) and Thamonpat "Pear" Siriko (Bangkok, Thailand) have signed National Letters of Intent to play golf at IU starting in the fall of 2014.
Howerton hails from Evansville North High School where as a senior she was the sectional medalist with a round of 69 and selected to the All-City, All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, leading North to a sixth-place finish at the state tournament. She also went on to earn All-State honors.
"Taylor is the daughter of a golf professional and there is something about growing up in a golf family," Wallman said. "She is a very natural athlete and hits the ball a long way. What you are going to see is someone who as she progresses through her college career is going to experience some success."
Howerton was a two-time Yestingsmeier Cup participant and champion in MAJGT and IJGT tournaments. As a junior she placed 19th in the state tournament, also earning All-City and All-SIAC honors. The No. 1 player for Evansville North all four seasons, Howerton was also freshman class vice president and sophomore class secretary and was a four-year letterwinner in tennis and basketball.
Kong was a three-year team captain at Collingwood School, where she participated as a member of the boy's high school team. A six-year member of the team, Kong was a three-time MVP.
"Alix is the top-ranked player in BC and a force at the Canadian national level," Wallman said. "She is going to bring a lot of energy to IU, as well as a very skilled game. I see her making an immediate impact."
Kong was a two-time member of the British Columbia team at the Girls Junior Americas Cup and at the Canadian Junior Girls Championships. She also competed at the 2010 Junior British Open as a member of Team BC. In 2013 she was on Team Gold for the Canada Summer Games.
A three-time provincial champion (2008-BC Bantam Girls; 2009-BC Bantam Girls; 2011-BC Juvenile Girls), Kong also has three top-three finishes at the BC Junior Girls Championship. In addition to golf she participated in volleyball, badminton and ski racing in secondary school.
Siriko hails from Bangkok, Thailand but has spent the last two years at International Junior Golf Academy's Heritage Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. While at Heritage Academy Siriko was the 2012 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship runner-up and won the AJGA Preseason at St. James Plantation and the 2013 IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. She also placed seventh at the 2013 Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational.
"Pear is one of those sneaky players that I think is going to be very good," Wallman said. "She has flown under the radar a bit but has a big-time game. Pear has a good mental attitude and is very smart on the course."
Prior to coming to the United States, Siriko was the three-year team captain at Ruamrudee International School and named team MVP.
Check back soon