Nov. 17, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Continuing a recent trend of recruiting players from Australia, Pepperdine women's golf head coach Laurie Gibbs has once again gone down under to bolster her roster as she signed Australian Junior Champion Misun Cho to a national letter of intent, the Waves' coach announced today. Cho will enroll at Pepperdine next fall.
Cho, who has dominated Australian amateur golf for the last 4 years, was expected by many to turn professional after graduating from high school earlier this month. However, Cho, who was born in South Korea and is an excellent student, opted to attend Pepperdine and pursue a college degree.
"We are very excited to have Misun join the team next fall," Gibbs said. "She is an excelllent student and a very accomplished amateur champion. She has won multiple tournaments ever year since 2001.
Cho's list of wins includes the 2005 Australian Junior Championship, 2005 MasterCard Junior Masters, 2004 Australian 72 Hole Stroke Play Championship, 2004 Australian Junior Championship, 2004 MasterCard Junior Masters, 2003 Australian Junior Championship, 2003 Victorian 72 Hole Stroke Play Championship, 2003 Victorian Amateur, 2003 Victorian School Girls Championship, 2002 Victorian Junior Championship and the 2001 Australian U14 Junior Championship.
Cho also finished fifth at the 2005 Australian Stroke Play Championships, was a quarterfinalist at the 2004 Australian Amateur and finalist at the 2003 Australian Amateur. She made the cut in her two professional tournament appearances, placing 48th and 36th, respectively, at the 2005 ANZ Ladies Masters and 2004 AAMI Women's Australian Open.
Cho becomes the seventh in a long line of Australian players who have arrived in Malibu and enjoyed successful collegiate careers. The list includes Tamie Durdin (1998-2000), Nadina Taylor (1998-99), Katherine Hull (1999-2003), Lindsey Wright (1999-2003), Leanne Bowditch (2004-Present) and Nicole Montgomery, who will join the program in January.
Hull, who just completed her second season on the LPGA Tour, was the 2003 "College Player of the Year" and three-time All-American. Wright, a four-time All-American, and Taylor, the 1999 West Coast Conference (WCC) Individual Medalist, are fully exempt players on the LPGA Tour. Durdin, who was tabbed an All-American in 2000, played two seasons on the LPGA Tour and is now competing on the Japan LPGA Tour.
"The women's golf program has been very fortunate to have wonderful student-athletes come from Australia and contribute so much to our success," Gibbs said. "Misun will be a very successful professional golfer and I feel strongly that attending college and enjoying the college experience will be great preparation."
Pepperdine is currently ranked No. 3by GolfWorld and No. 5 by Golfweek and Golfstat. The Waves captured the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational and the Washington Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational during the recently concluded fall season.
Pepperdine opens its spring schedule February 13 when it attempts to defend its title at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenges in Palos Verdes, California.
Misun Cho will be a freshman at Pepperdine next fall.