April 20, 2017
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati women’s golf head coach Janet Carl announced Thursday the signings of Amalia Shahzan and Vanessa Manrique to National Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 season.
Shahzan, from Kedah, Malaysia, is a four-year member of the Malaysian national golf team with numerous achievements throughout her career. Recently, Shahzan won the 2016 Sabah Amateur Open at Borneo Golf and Country Club with a three-round score of 224. Also in 2016, she was the first runner-up at both the Sarawak Amateur Open and the 100Plus Malaysian Junior Open. With a 77 round-scoring-average, Shahzan has carded a hole-in-one and a pair of eagles in her career with 20 first-place finishes over the past four years.
“Amalia comes to us with experience on the Malaysian national team,” said Carl. “She has had the opportunity to play all over the world which will help us with the different regions and grasses where we play our tournaments. Our expectation is for her to come in and make an immediate impact.”
Manrique, from Bogotá, Colombia, has enjoyed an accomplished golf career already with many notable feats. This year, Manrique placed runner-up at the Colombian Open with a four-round score of 293 including a second-round 67 – the best one-round score of the tournament. In 2016, she placed in the top five in four tournaments including second at the World Junior Golf Series - The American Junior at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. Manrique’s signing continues the Bogotá-to-Cincinnati connection with current Bearcats Valentina Herrera and Daniela Murcia along with fellow 2017-18 signee Angela Lopez.
“Vanessa comes to us with an impressive tournament record which speaks for itself,” said Carl. “She also comes with extensive travel around the world playing in different regions. We expect her to make an immediate impact.”
“Our three-player incoming freshmen class is the strongest we've been able to recruit to UC. Our expectation is to be able to pick right back up in the fall following the successful ending of this season.”