BERKELEY - Head Coach Nancy McDaniel announced Monday that the California women's golf program will welcome two successful prep athletes to join the program as incoming freshmen for the 2013-14 season.
Lucia Gutierrez and Natalie Mu round out the incoming class that began with the signing of Alice Jeong to a national letter of intent in February.
"We're really excited to have both of these young women join our team," McDaniel said. "It adds depth to an already strong group of returning players. Lucia's recent finish at the AJGA shows that she's ready for the next level of competition. We're excited to have both Natalie and Lucia join the squad."
Gutierrez (Lima, Peru) is a member of the Peruvian Girls National Team as the top-ranked girls' amateur golfer in the Peruvian ranking system. A four-time Peruvian National Junior Champion from 2010-13, she was also the 2012 Peruvian National Amateur Champion. Gutierrez was the runner-up individually and as a member of Team Peru at the 2013 South American Junior Championship and placed third recently at the AJGA Under Armour/Steve Marino Championship in Weston, Fla., with a 52-hole score of 218.
Mu (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) comes to Berkeley from Southern California as a graduate of Palos Verdes High School. She was a two-time All-Ocean League honoree and was named the 2012-13 Palos Verdes At-Large Athlete of the Year. Mu helped her team to three consecutive Ocean League Co-Championships and won the 2012 CIF Southern Section Central Division title. Over the course of her high school career, she improved her 9-hole average from 53 to 36.
"Both of these young women bring a great fit both academically and athletically to this program. They bring great energy and enthusiasm for the game and for Cal."