HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University women's golf head coach John O'Connor has announced the signing of Estefania Morales to a National Letter of Intent. Morales comes to Quinnipiac from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and will join the Bobcats for the 2014-15 season.
"I am very excited to have Estefania join our already-seasoned team," O'Connor said. "With this addition to our program, we should look to contend for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship again."
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Morales attended IMG Academy from 2012 to 2014. In 2011, Morales shot a 71 at the BGC Open at the Venezuala Golf Club for the women's course record. While at IMG Academy, she was characterized as a tireless worker with great potential for improvement.
"Stef came to the United States unable to speak the language at a young age," O'Connor said. "She can now communicate and compete at a very high level."
Last season, she finished fifth out of 16 competitors at the HJGT Southwest Florida Junior Championship when she carded a 157 for the two-day event. Morales opened with an 83 on the first day, before shedding nine strokes to turn in a season-best 74 on the second day. Two weeks later, she shot a career best 153 (76-77) to finish ninth out of 52 competitors at the HJGT Tour Championship at Champions Gate Golf Course.
"The IMG Academy has consistently produced some of the finest athletes in the world," O'Connor said. "The fact that our golf team has added two great golfers in Emily Ribbins and Estefania means that our program is on the right track to become competitive at the Division I level."
Quinnipiac completed its first season of competition in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, placing second out of seven teams at the 2013 MAAC Championship at Disney's Palm Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Bobcats were led by MAAC Rookie of the Year Nicole Scola (Westerly, Rhode Island), who finished fifth overall, and freshman Emily Ribbins (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) who tied for 14th.