April 14, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. - First year head women's golf coach Angie Cates has announced the signing of junior golfing phenomenon Laura Luethke. Fresno State will begin its inaugural women's golf season in the fall of 2004.
"Laura is a big factor in ensuring that we have the best team possible here," Cates said. "She was heavily recruited because she's one of the best junior players out there."
Last week, the senior from Buchanan High School captured the Len Ross Fresno City Junior (69-74-69-73) title - her third in four years.
Luethke has been one of the premier players in California over the last three years. In 2003, she finished in the top-9 at junior world, top-10 at the USGA junior medal play and in the top-16 at the USGA junior match play.
She was also the CIF Valley High School champion, Northern California Junior Golf Association Player of the Year and won the 2003 Tournament of Champions.
Luethke won the San Joaquin Valley junior three consecutive years (2001-2003) and the Fresno City Women's Amateur in 2002, also being named league MVP and league champion that year.
In 2001, she dominated the Selma Valley junior and was a co-medalist in the USGA junior qualifying as well as the CWAC Girls Junior State champion.
Luethke was a member of the USGA Junior Girls in 2001 and 2003, and participated in America's Cup in 2001-03 and Junior World in 2002-03.
Luethke's father, Ed - a Fresno State All-American golfer under men's head coach Mike Watney - will remain her swing coach when she enters the collegiate level.
Cates expects the future Bulldog to rise as a team leader over the course of the 2004-05 season.
"Laura will lead the team by her example," Cates said. "She's quiet and goes about her business; she'll definitely get the job done."
Cates anticipates the signing of additional players to the Fresno State roster throughout the month of April.
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