ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's golf head coach Jan Dowling announced today (Monday, Nov. 17) the signing of Elodie Van Dievoet (Brussels, Belgium) and Maria Garcia Alzueta (Vigo, Spain) to a National Letters of Intent for the 2015-16 season.
"We are very excited to bring Elodie and Maria into the Michigan golf program," said Dowling. "Both players are extremely competitive, which is what attracted us to these players initially. However, they also bring warm personalities that are well suited to a team atmosphere. They have a strong desire to be challenged in the classroom and understand and truly appreciate team golf. They have both expressed a strong desire to help elevate Michigan women's golf to new heights."
Van Dievoet, who ranks eighth in the national rankings, highlighted her 2014 season advancing to the match play quarterfinals of the 2014 British Girls Amateur Championship after tying for 22nd in stroke play. She added medalist runner-up honors at the 2014 Belgium National Junior Championship (73-75-74-75/297), finished 15th at the Belgium International Stroke Play (75-81-71-77/304) and was her Club Champion at her home course Rigenée.
In addition Van Dievoet was a member of Team Belgium at the 2014 World Junior Golf Championship, tying for 33rd (77-72-76-82/307). She also represented Belgium at the European Ladies Team Championship, where she won two points of a possible three to help her team secure a ninth-place finish.
Van Dievoet is no stranger to golf as her mother, Florence Descampe, played on both the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour and collected six European tour wins, as well as an LPGA Tour win at the 1992 McCalls Classic in Vermont.
"Elodie brings a wealth of international experience to our program," added Dowling. "She has competed at the highest level of women's amateur golf throughout Europe and is accustomed to a thriving team environment. Elodie's ball striking and length is very impressive, along with her desire to continue improving. She has been around a high level of golf throughout her entire life, with her mother having a very successful professional golf career. Because of this, she brings a very mature perspective and love of the game to our program.
In 2014, Garcia Alzueta claimed medalist honors at Spain's Ladies Galician State Championship (73-70/143) and added a top-10 finish tying for ninth at the North and South Junior Championship (78-71-72/221) at the Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In addition, she posted a 13th-place showing at the International Stroke Play of Spain (73-73-75/221) and a 15th-place finish at the Ladies Valencia Open (74-76-75-72/297). In 2013, she advanced to the second round of match play at the British Girls Amateur Championship and was 10th at the Ladies Madrid Open (75-79-71/225).
"Maria is a wonderful fit for Michigan on every level possible," added Dowling. "She is a serious student who is attracted to the academic challenge at Michigan. She has a very warm demeanor, but is also extremely focused and competitive on the golf course, which suits our team well. Her golf game shows very few weaknesses, and she is a great putter. This combination provides our team a heightened level of consistency from tournament to tournament. Maria also has plenty of valuable competitive experiences within the hotbed of Spanish golf talent that will be extremely valuable to our program throughout her collegiate career."
Michigan loses just one senior next year as Lauren Grogan will graduate.
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