August 12, 2014

Islanders Golf Inks Four Players to National Letters of Intent

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's golf team has signed four players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Carol Blackmar announced today. Julia Dereniwsky (Kimberley, B.C./Selkirk Secondary), Olivia Lowe (San Antonio/Cole), Anna Millet-Esteve (Barcelona, Spain/Granes) and Nagisa Miura (Tokyo, Japan/IMG Academy) will all continue their golfing careers at the Island University beginning in the fall of 2014.

"We had a number of spots to fill heading into the 2014-15 season, and these four young ladies will add both talent and depth to our squad," Blackmar said. "They all have the ability to be strong golfers at the collegiate level, and their work ethic and chemistry fit into what we are looking for in our team. We look forward to having them here as part of the Islanders family."

Dereniwsky is a four-time Kimberley Golf Club Ladies Champion who was twice selected to play for the British Columbia Golf Association in international competition. Most recently, she won the Zone 1 Championship, shooting 151 over the two rounds of the event. She finished third individually at the 2013 British Columbia High School Provisionals, helping Selkirk to a second-place finish at the event. She also is a strong student, holding a 3.96 GPA and making the honor roll in each of her first three years at Selkirk.

"We are very excited about the addition of Julia to the Islanders squad," Blackmar said. "Julia is a very talented player who is just beginning to touch her potential. I am proud of her seventh-place finish (74,73,74,75) at the BC Junior Girls Championship this summer and look forward to her contributions to our golf team."

Lowe was a three-time district champion while playing as an individual for Cole High School under coach Darell Kurek. She holds the school record for lowest 9-hole score (35) and 18-hole score (73), and was twice named the Evergreen Conference MVP in her career. She also played two years of soccer at Cole, going undefeated as a junior and losing just one game during her senior season, when she served as captain.

"Olivia joins our sophomore, Ana Paredes, coming to us from San Antonio," Blackmar said. "A good student and dedicated athlete, her potential as a golfer is very high. I am looking forward to having her as part of our team."

Millet-Esteve is a talented player with a wealth of experience in her native Spain. Coached by Alex Larrazabal of the Real Club de Golf El Prat, she won the Interclubs de Catalunya in 2013. She also had standout performances at the Interclubs de Catalunya Absolut, the Campeonato de España, the Campeonato Nacional Femenino and the Campeonato del club Emporda during the 2013-14 year.

"We're excited to add Anna to our women's golf team for the 2014-2015 season," Blackmar said. "Coming from Spain, Anna brings with her a great deal of international experience which should aid her greatly as she transitions to collegiate golf."

Miura has had a stellar season while competing for IMG. She has competed in 16 events, carding an astounding 10 top-5 finishes, including three wins. Last summer, she posted victories at the Summer Classic at Eagle Creek and the Northeast Florida Junior Open. She also was victorious in the Southeast Season Kickoff in September, and posted a sixth-place finish at the elite IMG Junior Tour, which featured some of the top golfers in the country ages 15-18.

"Nagisa graduated from the IMG Academy in south Florida," Blackmar said. "She has a wonderful swing and perhaps as much raw talent as any player who has come into our program in a long time. In addition to her potential, her experiences at the IMG Academy will help her adjust quickly to collegiate golf."

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