Women’s Golf Adds Highly Talented Duo During Early NLI Signing Period

Women’s Golf Adds Highly Talented Duo During Early NLI Signing Period

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A pair of top European student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early period to join the FGCU women’s golf program as announced by head coach Sarah Trew today. Grace Rigby-Walden (Gerrards Cross, England/The Chalfonts Community College) and Leonie Wulfers (Muenster, Germany/Gymnasium Hochrad) make up the incoming class for the Eagles next Fall.
“I am very excited for the signing of the FGCU class of 2026. This day has been a long time coming and it is a huge milestone in the progression of our program,” said Trew. “Both of these ladies are elite players and have a wealth of international experience to bring to the table. To be signing two players that are ranked in the top 20 of their respective countries is a really big deal and the future of FGCU Women’s Golf is very bright.”

Rigby-Walden holds a Europena Golf Ranking of 250 and was the No. 19 Under-18 player in England. This past year, she placed in the top 20 at the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play and finished in the top 30 at the R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship. In 2019, she won the Junior Club Championship with a two-round score of 141. She has be a member of the England Golf Regional program and played for the Gerrards Cross Golf Club.
“Grace has been committed to us for about 10 months now and it feels great to make it official. She is such a wonderful young lady and very hard worker,” said Trew. “Even when COVID halted play in England, she still found ways to work on her game by setting up a net in her backyard. Her passion for golf is incredible and I see her having an immediate impact on our program.”
Wulfers holds a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 1,382 and ranks 149th in the European Golf Rankings. She won the 2021 German National Girls Championship and took first in the 2018 GT German Junior Luebeck. The 12th-ranked Under-18 player in Germany, Wulfers also placed runner up in the Leipzig Open and placed in the top 10 at the Schafflertanz International Open highlighted by a third round score of 69. She holds a lowest career round score at 67 and an average related to par of 70.17 overall. Additionally, she has been a member of the German national team and a member of the Hanseastic Eagles regional team.
“Leo impressed me from the first conversation we had. She is extremely bright, driven, and self-sufficient. She wants to be the best and does not let anything deter her from that goal,” said Trew. “She won the German National Girls’ this past August and beat some really talented players. She will come in with a great deal of maturity and poise.”
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Since taking over the program in 2011, Sarah Trew has guided the Eagles to 48 top-five finishes, including 36 over the past seven seasons. On top of that, she led the program to a pair of second-place finishes in the ASUN Championship in 2016, 2017, and 2019, signifying the best finishes in program history. She was named the ASUN Coach of the Year in 2015-16 and has guided FGCU to some of its best statistical seasons in program history


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