BOULDER--University of Colorado women’s golf coach Anne Kelly has announced the signing of three student-athletes who will continue their education and play golf for the University of Colorado.
Megan Haase, of Spokane, Wash., Alexis Keating, of Elma, Wash., and Jamie Oleksiew, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, all signed National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period from November 9-16, 2011.
“All three of these players bring a great deal of talent to our team and add depth,” Kelly said. “They will be an integral part of this program continuing to move forward as we climb to the elite level of women’s collegiate golf.”
The Buffs will lose more than half of the current roster – six players – following this season, including Emily Talley and Jessica Wallace, who will have combined to rewrite most of the record book for the Buffaloes. Other Buffs that will depart are seniors Jamie Befort and Meaghan Kari while both Cristina DeTomasi and Taylor Doyle will graduate and leave with one season of eligibility remaining. Both took a redshirt season early in their careers.
“Losing six seniors is not easy, especially when top players like Emily, Jess and Taylor are among those players,” Kelly said. “Signing this class was highly important and this past summer was a busy one for both myself and (assistant coach) Brent (Franklin). We have signed a very good class and added depth as all three of these players are committed both athletically and academically.”
The three signees all hail from the northwest with two from the state of Washington and one from British Columbia.
“The northwest continues to be a good recruiting area for us,” Kelly said. “We’ve had success there in the past and with our move to the Pac-12, that makes CU golf even more attractive to top notch players.”
Megan Haase – 5-8 – Freshman – Spokane, Wash. (Lewis and Clark)
Kelly on Haase—“While recruiting Alexis Keating, we saw Megan play a little late in the recruiting game, but thankfully not too late. Brent Franklin and I saw Megan compete in the month of July and were impressed with her ball striking ability and how much potential she has as a player. I also saw her play in August at the Junior Girls Academy Cup and that confirmed my decision that she would be a great fit for our program. A few weeks later she made an unofficial visit and we had her verbal commitment.”
High School—Haase will player her senior year of golf at Lewis and Clark High School in the spring under coach Michelle Grafos. She has lettered three times in golf to date and Lewis and Clark won the 2009 Washington High School State Championship her freshman season when she earned First Team Greater Spokane League honors, a feat she accomplish in both her sophomore and junior campaigns, as well. She has three top 10 individual finishes at the State Championships, as well, as she placed fifth as a freshman, 10th as a sophomore and third her junior season. She also played the post position in basketball and was captain of her freshman and junior varsity teams.
Other—She finished 10th at the Girls Juniors America’s Cup competition in Reno, Nev., in 2011, and her 3-under par 69 in the second round was the low round of that day and was named the team MVP. She finished the 54-hole event at 3-over par 219. She placed 35th at the Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, shooting a 8-over par 230 on the par 74 course. She held a ranking of 42 for the class of 2012 on the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and held that ranking throughout the summer. She qualified for the USGA and had two top 10 finishes at American Junior Golf Association tournaments. She is the women’s competitive course record holder for the Meadowood Golf Course for the front nine when she shot a 31 when she was 14 years old.
Best Career Round In Competition—68 (-4; 2011, Sun Willows Golf Course, Pasco, Wash., a northwest junior golf tour event).
Academics—She is interested in majoring in journalism at Colorado. She has been on the honor roll since her freshman year at Lewis and Clark High School.
Personal—Megan Haase was born March 9, 1994, in Spokane, Wash., to Bill and Debbie Haase. She has one brother, Justin, who plays golf for Seattle University. Her father played football at Sacramento State. She is a card carrying member of Cherokee Nation. Her hobbies include working out, hiking, reading and hanging out with friends. She chose Colorado because it is an all-around great school, the golf program is strong and she believes coaches Kelly and Franklin can take her game to the next level. She was also impressed with Boulder on her visit.
Alexis Keating – 5-6 – Freshman – Elma, Wash. (Elma)
Kelly on Keating—“Brent and I first saw Lex play at the 2010 Junior World Championship and immediately we were impressed with her talent and the way she handled herself on the golf course. She is a strong competitor and a player that is only now beginning to reach her potential as a golfer. She brings a strong work ethic, very positive outlook and championship caliber game to our team. She should make an immediate impact on our team.”
High School—Keating will conclude what has been a stellar high school career this spring with her senior season under coaches Michelle Keating, her mother, and Joe Thiel. She has been Elma High School’s No. 1 player since her freshman season and won WIAA State medalist honors her sophomore season. She also finished second as a junior and fifth as a freshman at the state championships. She has been the WIAA District IV Individual medalist each of her three years to date and led Elma to the District Championship as a junior. A three-time Evergreen League MVP, she was named the Seattle Times Athlete of the Week as a freshman and the Olympian Athlete of the Year in Golf as a sophomore. She has also participated on the Dance and Drill team at Elma for three years.
Other—She placed 33rd at the 2010 Callaway Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego and 29th at the Junior America’s Cup at Genoa Lakes Golf Clouse in Reno, Nev., in 2011. She was a member of the WJGA North Pacific Junior Ladies Team in both 2010 and ’11 and her team in 2010 defeated Canada. She is currently ranked 56th in the class of 2012 on the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. She took home ninth place at the AGJA Junior at Centennial Golf Course in Medford, Ore., in 2010 and that same year won the AJGA Junior Qualifier at Wenatchee Golf Course in Wenatchee, Wash.
Best Career Round In Competition—66 (-6; 2011, The Home Course, Dupont, Wash., in the Washington State Junior Golf Association District III Championship).
Academics—She is interesting in majoring in Business at Colorado and is also interested in physical therapy. She is a member of the National Honors Society and was named to the Evergreen League All-Academic team her junior year.
Personal—Alexis Markel Keating was born August 6, 1994, in Olympia, Wash., to Mark and Michelle Keating. She has two younger siblings, Lauryn and Spencer. She enjoys scrap booking, dancing and playing card games with her family. She once played in a foursome with Alexis Thompson when they were both 8 years old at the U.S. Kids World Golf Championships. She chose Colorado because the coaches and players made her feel welcome and Boulder felt like a place she could call home. She feels the program is very strong and that it will be an excellent place to grow as a person and player.
Jamie Oleksiew – 5-5 – Freshman – Vancouver, British Columbia (IMG Pendleton [Fla.])
Kelly on Keating—“Jamie is from British Columbia, Canada, and similar to both Alexis and Megan, she is just starting to scratch at her potential as a player. Brent had the chance to watch Jamie play several times in Canada this summer and felt there was something special about her. She is a competitive athlete with a lot of raw talent. She is a long ball hitter and committed to improving her game and taking it to the next level.”
High School—Oleksiew is in the midst of her second season at the IMG Pendleton College Prep School in Bradenton, Fla., after attending Southridge High School in Surrey, British Columbia, her freshman and sophomore seasons. As a freshman and sophomore, she was the MVP of the senior golf team and a member of the Effort Honor Roll. She had stroke averages of 76.7 as a freshman and 75.0 as a sophomore. At IMG as a junior, her stroke average fell to 74.3 and she was ranked second at the Academy for fitness level among the women’s athletes there. She also played field hockey at Southridge High School and was named the MVP of the junior team as a freshman. She is also a national and international level alpine skier and has several top performances including at the British Columbia Gold Cup Nationals and the Whistler Cup 2K Worlds.
Other—She finished seventh at the 2011 British Columbia Amateur Championship and was sixth place at the International Junior Golf Tour Tournament of Champions. She took a fourth place at the HJGT Harmony and won the AJGA National Qualifier in Texas in 2010. She was fifth at the Alberta Junior Girls Championship. She played for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour and helped Team Canada win the Saxon Championship in Australia and the World Youth Team Challenge, both in 2008. She also played for the WGA Team Canada from 2009-10 at the Stephen Ames Cup.
Best Career Round In Competition—71 (-2, Arbutus Ridge Golf Course, British Columbia, Canada, ISA High School Championships).
Academics—She is undecided on a major at Colorado. She was a member of the honor roll with distinction as a freshman and sophomore at Southridge High School. At IMG Pendleton, she was named to the Academic Headmasters List and to the National Honor Society of High Schools Scholars as a junior. Her freshman year at Southridge, she won a fine arts achievement award.
Personal—Jamie Olkesiew was born August 9, 1994, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Lawrence and Lisa Oleksiew. She enjoys reading, skiing, playing the flute, working out, listening to music, dance and acting. She was a ski racer at a national and international level. She chose Colorado because of the overall atmosphere of the campus and she feels CU is a perfect match for her because of the mix of academics and athletics. She lists the biggest moment of her high school career the decision to move to Florida to attend IMG Pendleton College Prep School. Her last name is pronounced O-LEX-YOU)