KU women's golf adds a pair of signees

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas women’s golf program opened the early signing period by inking Brooke Boardman of Waukee, Iowa, and Yingting Hsieh of Huantan Township, Taiwan, to national letters of intent, head coach Erin O’Neil announced Friday.

“We are very excited to add two talented players like Brooke and Yingting to our team next year,” O’Neil said. “Both bring a tremendous amount of experience competing against the best and will definitely help us achieve our goals of being a top ranked team.”

The 2018 Player of the Year at Waukee High School, Boardman is coming off a busy 2018 campaign where she competed in the US Women’s Amateur Championship in Nashville, Tennessee. She also won the 43rd Iowa Girls Junior PGA Championship with rounds of 74 and 75, respectively. The 4A Iowa Girls State High School Individual Champion and Iowa High School State Co-Ed Champion, Boardman recorded four top-10 finishes in American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events and was named First Team All State in each of the last three years. At Waukee High School, she broke three records including most birdies, most eagles and the lowest 18-hole score.  

“Brooke’s strengths are her ball striking and mental game,” O’Neil said. “She’s very consistent with her irons and gives herself a lot of looks at birdies. She also doesn’t get ruffled easily if things aren’t going as expected. She’s definitely a fighter who will give all she’s got until the very end. We were so excited to see her qualify for the US Women’s Am this summer. It was a fabulous learning opportunity for her to play against the best amateurs in the world on a top-notch golf course. I think that experience will definitely help prepare her for the next level of college golf.”

Hsieh joins the Jayhawks as the 114th-ranked player in the AJGA polo golf rankings (all graduation years combined). She secured six victories in 2017 and held a scoring average of 73.40 at Bishops Gate Golf Academy in Florida. She medalled numerous times on the junior golf scene, including at the International Junior Golf Tour Thanksgiving Day Classic, posting two even-par rounds as well as an under par round. She also medalled at the JHGT Disney Classic in 2017 and the AJGA Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior.

“Yingting has the ability to take it low on any given day,” O’Neil said. “She has a ton of club head speed and her distance is one of the most positive attributes of her game. She has also seen tremendous success in the short time she’s been playing golf and has proven she can win with six victories in 2017. Yingting’s love of competition and great energy will no doubt have a positive impact on our team.”

Boardman and Hsieh will be on campus to join the Jayhawks in the fall of 2019. 


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