Nov. 14, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Women's Golf and head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer are proud to announce the addition of Mackenzie Perez and Clara Young to the golf program for the 2014-15 season. Perez and Young signed National Letters of Intent to join the Tigers on Thursday (Nov. 14), and will join the program next fall.
"We are thrilled to welcome Mackenzie Perez of Los Angeles, Calif. and Clara Young of Scotland to our Tiger family next fall," Priesmeyer said. "They were a perfect fit for our team and they both have wonderful family members that support them on and off the golf course. We lose three seniors this spring and we expect Mackie and Clara to jump right in next fall and make early contributions to the team. They are both outstanding students and, more importantly, they are tremendous young ladies that really connected with our team and coaching staff."
CLARA YOUNG // NORTH BERWICK, SCOTLAND // NORTH BERWICK HIGH SCHOOL
Clara Young will join the Tigers from North Berwick, Scotland, where she attended
North Berwick High School. A talented golfer, Young is currently a member of the Scottish National Training Squad. She has represented both Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy, and is the youngest ever winner (14) of the East Lothian Ladies County Championship. Not only did she win this in 2011, but Young returned to win the tournament again in 2013. She has represented her home country of Scotland for three consecutive years in the European Girls Amateur Team Championship, helping Scotland to a sixth place finish in 2013. She is also a three-time competitor in the Girls Home International Matches, and the winner of the 2012 Scottish Junior Champion of Champions, boasting a career-best score of 68 (-3). She has represented the East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association for four years, and this year she was named East Lothian Young Sportsperson of the Year. She was also the youngest-ever finalist at the Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship this year, and she is fifth in the Scottish Ladies Order of Merit as well. She ranks second in Scottish Girls Order of Merit this year.
MACKENZIE PEREZ // LOS ANGELES, CALIF. // PALOS VERDES HIGH SCHOOL
Mackenzie Perez comes to Missouri from California where she was captain of the
Palos Verdes High School varsity golf team. She shot 2-under par at the San Dimas Invitational to lead her team to its first victory in school history, and followed that up with another strong performance to earn her team the trophy at the Burbank Invitational. She led her team to three league titles and to the 2012 CIF Southern Section Central Division team title. Perez is a two-time State Semifinalist and a two-time WSCGA Southern California Regional Individual Finalist. She won the 2012 AJGA Philadelphia Junior Championship and boasts six AJGA top-10 finishes. She has been invited to the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. She was also selected to represent Southern California in the 2011 North vs. South Cal Cup, and Team California in the 2012 California vs. China Cup. Perez is a strong performer in the classroom as well, boasting a 4.2 grade point average. She is a member of the Sea King Honor Roll, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and an Advanced Placement Scholar. She is a two-time AJGA HP Scholastic honor roll member, and a California Scholarship Federation Gold Seal Bearer.
Mizzou Women's Golf has concluded play for the fall season, but will return to action at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on February 16, 2014. Keep checking in to MUTigers.com for more information on Mizzou Women's Golf. Also follow the team on Facebook (Facebook.com/MUWomensGolf) and Twitter (@MUWomensGolf).