NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head women’s golf coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell announced Tuesday the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent. The duo of Karen Arimoto and Julienne Soo will join the OU team in fall 2015.
“I’m really excited about this class,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “These girls are ready to be here and work hard. It’s always gratifying to know that our program is able to bring in players from around the world to compete at the highest level.”
South Yarra, Australia
Lauriston Girls’ School
Soo was the 2014 Victorian Open Amateur champion and a two-time Victorian Junior Scoring Averages champion (2013 and 2014). Despite sustaining a wrist injury in March 2014, Soo finished in third place at the Victorian Amateur Championship and second place at the 2014 South Australian Junior Masters with a Royal Adelaide course record 68 (-5) in the second round. Holder of current records at six different courses, Soo was a match-play semi-finalist in the 2013 Victorian Amateur and finished in fourth place at the Dunes Medal, a World Ranking Open Amateur tournament.
OU Head Coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell on Soo:
“Julienne is a great player with a lot of international playing experience. She’s done some really good things with her golf and I look forward to seeing what she can do at this level.”
Montverde Academy (Fla.)
An American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-American second-team honoree, Arimoto won the AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational, the Junior All Star at Chateau Elan and the Junior All Star at FieldStone. She was an AJGA Junior All-Star All-American, won four Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tournaments, was the winner of the Optimist International Tournament of Champions and finished in 15th place at the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational. Arimoto also won the FCWT at World Woods title, shooting a tournament-best round of 66.
Drouin-Luttrell on Arimoto:
“Karen brings more international flavor to us. She comes from a strong foundation at the Bishops Gate Golf Academy and should be able to manage being a student-athlete right away.”