Nov. 11, 1999
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane women's golf coach Sue Bower announced Thursday that Mary Jan Fernandez has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend the school and compete for the Green Wave. She will join the program in the fall of 2000.
Fernandez, currently a senior at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev., is a two-time Nevada State Amateur champion. She first won the event in 1998 at the age of 16 by nine strokes. She was the first junior-level player to capture the state title. Fernandez successfully defended her state amateur championship in 1999 with a 10-stroke victory.
Fernandez has enjoyed a stellar prep career, finishing as the Nevada Class 4A state runner-up in 1999. She has also helped Green Valley to four consecutive zone and state championships. The Gators have won 103 consecutive matches.
Also a successful junior player, Fernandez has posted top-20 finishes at the 1999 AJGA Nabisco Mission Hills Desert Junior (9th) and the 1999 AJGA Ping Phoenix Junior (11th). She was also a quarterfinalist at the 1999 U.S. Girls Junior Amateur and finished in a tie for 31st at the 1999 AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship in Wilmington, Del.
"Mary Jan is a wonderful addition to our program," said Bower. "She is a complete player who brings a wealth of national experience to our team. She will be a key ingredient to the future successes of our program."
The Tulane women's golf team posted four top-10 finishes in five fall tournaments. The squad open spring competition March 6-8 at the Spartan Invitational in Monterey, Calif.