Nov. 19, 2010
The California Golden Bear women's golf team announced the signing of two athletes to National Letters of Intent. Morgan Thompson of Tualatin, Ore. and Jo Ee Kok of Singapore will join the Bears as freshmen in the 2011-12 season. The additions give the Cal program its first-ever player from Singapore and its first-ever player from the state of Oregon.
"I am very excited to be able to add two young, promising players," said head coach Nancy McDaniel. "They are serious about taking their competition to the next level. The combination of Morgan and Jo Ee with the returning players they will be joining next fall will give us an incredibly strong team."
Morgan Thompson is a senior at West Linn High in Tualtin, Ore. She has had tremendous success playing at Oregon amateur events, winning the 2009 OGA Junior Tournament of Champions, the 2009 Central Oregon Junior, and a handful of other victories. She also competed at the 2009 PNGA Junior Girls Amateur Championship.
"Morgan's led her team to a state championship in high school," said McDaniel. "I really admire that leadership ability in her and will be looking forward to her taking that attitude to the college level."
Jo Ee Kok has been a member of the Singapore Ladies National Team since 2008. She came in second in the Overall Girls Division at the 31st Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship held in Bangalore, India this year. She finished first in the Overall Girls Division at the Singapore Junior Golf Championship 2010 and won the Johor Ladies Amateur Open in 2009. She is a two-time recipient of the Methodist Girls' School (MGS) Sports Girl of the Year, an honor awarded for the top deserving Sports Scholarship holder, measuring both academic and sports achievements.
"I am impressed with Jo Ee's international experience and that she has already proven she can play at a high level," said McDaniel.
The 2010-11 Bears have just one senior, Pia Halbig, on their roster. The Bears' current roster has two players from Germany, one from Sweden, and five from the state of California.