Nov. 16, 2007
Mizzou Women's Golf Coach Stephanie Priesmeyer announced on Wednesday that two prep standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Missouri and join the Tigers for the 2008-09 season.
Hannah Lovelock of Surrey, England and Alex Bell of Richmond, Ind. will join the Tigers roster in the fall of 2008.
"Alex and Hannah will bring a lot of talent and junior golf success to our golf team next fall," Priesmeyer said. "They are very accomplished golfers, excellent students and most importantly outstanding individuals that really fit well with the makeup of our current team. Alex and Hannah chose Mizzou for many reasons, but one of the biggest factors was how our current team members made them feel apart of the team. I think that says a lot about our golfers and who they are as team members and people. We are very excited about the future of our program and with recruits like Alex and Hannah joining the team next year, we look to continue to compete at a high level nationally."
Lovelock was a member of the England Elite team from 2005-07 and reached the final round of 16 in the English Girls' Under-18 National Championships. She finished third in the 2006 English Under-16 National Championships and was the runner-up in the 2005 English Under-15 National Championships. Lovelock's stroke average from 2006-07 was 74.8.
She was the Surrey County Girls Stroke Play and Match Play Champion and holds course records at Hindhead Golf Club in Surrey, England (69) and Henley Golf Club in Oxfordshire, England (70). The 70 at Henley, which is a par-74 course, came in the English Under-15 Championships.
Bell is a senior at Indiana University High School after attending Richmond (Ind.) High School for her freshman and sophomore years. She had six top-six finishes in 2007, including the PJGT GolfPride Junior Classic where she took medalist honors. The first-place showing included a career-low round of 69 at the Mid Pines Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. Bell also had a third-place showing at the DuPage County Junior Classic. Her tournament stroke average for the summer was 75.6.
She was the team MVP as a freshman at Richmond High School and was an All-State selection in her sophomore season. Bell advanced to the state finals in each of her two seasons at Richmond and finished seventh as a sophomore.
Bell is a member of the National Honors Society and is captain of the Fine Arts Academic Team, which claimed the conference championships in 2005 and 2006. She also attended the Logos Lab School for the Gifted and Talented.