CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State head menâ€™s and womenâ€™s golf coach Josh Fosdick announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2016-17 season as Mariana Flores (Mission, Texas), Sydney Murray (Wichita, Kansas), and Jess Whitting (Perth, Australia) are set to join the womenâ€™s golf team with Adam Dahlstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) joining the menâ€™s side.
Flores comes to the Hill from Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas where she was a state qualifier all four seasons. During her senior campaign, she won a district championship as an individual and for her team helping the Rattlers go on to place third at the state meet. Flores was named Second-Team All-State along with being First-Team All-District, All-Region and All-Rio Grande Valley Conference. In her junior season, Flores led the Rattlers to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament along with a district championship. She was a top 10 golfer in the Rio Grande Valley Conference and an All-State Honorable Mention selection.
"Mariana is going to be a great addition for us," Fosdick said. "Sheâ€™s competed for Texas State Championships with Sharyland High School, and I believe she wants to continue that winning tradition at RSU. The depth she adds to the team is one reason we will continue to get better."
Murray joins the Hillcats from Derby High School where she finished in third in the Kansas 6A State Championships, two strokes off first place. Leading up to the state meet, she won the regional and a league individual title with scores of 74. In her senior season, Murray was 6A All-State First Team finishing in the top five in every tournament except one. For her four-year prep career, Murray qualified for the state championships all four years.
"Sydney is coming off a great summer," Fosdick said. "She competed in the Optimist International Junior Championship and made the Kansas Golf Association Junior Sectional team. She has grown tremendously, and I can see sheâ€™s ready to give these returners a run for their money as soon as she steps on campus."
Whitting joins the navy and red from Perth, Australia where she had a decorated junior career. She won the Western Australian Amateur Championship and Western Australian Junior Match Play clinching with an 8-and-6 performance in the championship. Whitting also picked up victories at the Goldfields Junior Open and Melville Glades Junior event for the second straight season. She excelled in the classroom as well receiving the Endeavour Award all eight semesters of her prep career.
"Jess is going to be a great player," Fosdick said. "She won the Western Australian Amateur, and I have no doubt she is coming here to make that kind of impact right away. I really think she is going to be a perfect fit here."
Dahlstrom comes to RSU from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas where he played all four seasons of his prep career. In his senior season, he won the Brackenridge Park Junior Championship. He finished in the top 10 in two tournaments as a junior, and his sophomore campaign saw Dahlstrom place in the top 10 of five events. He also won the AJGA Preseason at Cimarron Hills in 2013.
"Adam is coming into a situation that fits perfect," Fosdick said. "With so many returners, he is going to be able to come along at his pace. I think heâ€™s really going to flourish in this environment."
The 2016-17 RSU golf season starts Sept. 12 with the menâ€™s team at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational in Amarillo, Texas and the womenâ€™s team at the NSU Womenâ€™s Golf Classic in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.