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Women’s Golf Commits Two For 2018

Nov. 29, 2017

Long Beach, Calif. - Head Coach Joey Cerulle has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, as Hannah Ko and Hunter Pate will join the Women’s Golf program in 2018.

Hannah Ko is no stranger to being at the top of the leaderboards. A top 100 recruit in the nation, the Anaheim native has won multiple times on the Toyota Tour Cup Series, and qualified for the 2017 USGA Junior Girl’s Championship. She additionally made it to the Round of 32 at the 2017 USGA Women’s Four-Ball.

“Everything came together perfectly, in that we both understood what a perfect fit Long Beach State was for both us and Hannah. She has calmness to her, but she wants to win and compete,” said Cerulle. “Hannah knows what it takes to find herself at the top of the leaderboard. We are very excited to have such a talented player join us and we hope to get her ready for a journey of greatness.”

A Las Vegas native, Hunter Pate is the first recruit from outside of California under Cerulle. A golf prodigy from an early age, Pate is one of Nevada’s most accomplished junior players. She is the youngest ever to the win the Nevada Women’s Amateur and to qualify for the USGA Women’s Armature Public Links, all at the age of 12. She has won more than 50 junior events in her career, and looks to continue that success at the Beach.

“Hunter is the whole package. She is mature beyond her years and has a pedigree built on success and performance,” said Cerulle. “She has achieved so much already in her young career, and has learned to accept victory with grace and humility. The Beach is going to be a great place for her to find the balance and path in life to achieve all her goals. It takes a very special player for us to look outside of the state, but in Hunter, we believe we found the right player.”



Women’s Golf is back in action when they host the Gold Rush at El Dorado Park on February 12 and 13.

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