Thursday May 3, 2012Florida Women's Golf Adds Two for 2012-13
The University of Florida women’s golf program has signed Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) and Emma Smyser (Naples, FL) to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jan Dowling announced today. Ulu and Smyser will begin their academic and athletic careers for the Gators beginning in 2012-13 season.
Ulu, who currently attends Redlands Community College (RCC) in El Reno, Okla., has recorded several top-10 finishes in collegiate and amateur play. Most recently, Ulu finished first at the Audible Closed Championship, tied for second at the Bob Hurley Auto ORU Shootout and tied for third at the Midwestern State Invitational all in 2011. She also finished tied for fifth at the Houston Baptist Intercollegiate earlier this spring.
“Elcin is passionate about her golf development and works extremely hard on her game, which will fit in well on our team,” Dowling explained. “Anytime you have a 21-year-old transfer into your program, you are going to get a level of maturity or experience, and Elcin brings both. Elcin has competed internationally, competed in Division I college golf tournaments and also competed for National Championships at the Junior College level. She is fully committed to reaching her goals as a student-athlete and beyond. We are very excited to have her transfer into our program.”
In 2008, Ulu won the Faldo Series Turkey Championship and in 2010 she won the inaugural Faldo Series Greece Championship. Ulu was also crowned the Turkish Closed Champion in 2011.
Ulu, ranked fifth on Golfstat’s Top-100 NJCAA Player Watch List, finished third at the 2011 NJCAA Women’s National Championship with a seven-over 295 (71-77-75-74), while her team finished second. RCC is currently ranked No. 1 in the country (NJCAA) and will compete at the NJCAA Women’s Golf National Championship, May 14-17, in Daytona Beach at the LPGA International Golf Club.
Smyser, from Gulf Coast High School, has garnered all-state honors all four years of high school. She finished second in the 2012 Florida State High School Championship. Smyser was a two-year captain for the Sharks.
"I had the good fortune of getting to know Emma through our golf camps, so I got to know her on a personal level, which doesn’t always happen through the recruiting process,” said Dowling “I got to witness her work ethic, desire to learn, and passion for the Gators. I believe that she will continue her development as a player in our competitive environment and being a contributing member of our team in many different facets."
Smyser reached the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur Championship and the semifinals of the Western Junior Championship in 2010. Additionally, Smyser finished fifth at the 2011 AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open in Winona Lake, Ind. Smyser carded a 14-over 227 (78-75-74) at the event.