Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan golf coach Cheryl Stacy announced Thursday the signing of two players, Rachel Leucuta of Downers Grove, Ill., and Jami Laude of Ann Arbor.
The pair will join the CMU program for the fall, 2017 season, when the Chippewas begin their fourth year of varsity golf after the program was resurrected after a 32-year hiatus.
“Their athleticism and their attitudes are great,” CMU coach Cheryl Stacy said. “They’re good students. We’re looking to build the program, and they’ll both be great additions to it.”
Laude, who signed a National Letter of Intent, completed an outstanding career at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor last fall. She was a four-time All-Stater, winning 32 of the 40 prep tournaments in which she competed.
She counts 17 victories in junior tournaments throughout her career. In 15 American Junior Golf Association events, Laude has recorded seven top-15 finishes.
Leucuta, who, as a walk-on, signed a Chippewa Letter of Intent, recorded an 18-hole average of 77 at Downers Grove North High School. She was a three-time qualifier for the sectional and state tournaments.
She shot 77 to win the Illinois Junior Golf Association Sectional No. 5 title in June.
Jami Laude • Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline HS
Four-time Division I All-Stater at Skyline … shot 75-74 – 149 to tie for sixth in 2016 state tournament … played 34 high school tournaments, winning eight and finishing runner-up eight times … posted a 76.2 18-hole average, a 37.3 9-hole average … four-time All-Southeastern Conference … twice won the Southeastern Conference title … four-time team most valuable player … named to the Michigan Intercollegiate Golf Coaches Association Academic All-State Team four times … two-year captain … shot career-best 72 three times … posted seven top-15 finishes in 15 career American Junior Golf Association tournaments … played 15 Golfweek Junior Tour events, winning three, finishing runner-up twice, and posting nine top-five finishes … boasts 14 victories and 14 runner-up finishes in Meijer Adams Callaway Tour events … qualified for match play in the Michigan Women’s Amateur in 2016 after shooting 78-76 – 154 to tie for 19th in stroke play … 2010 Golf Association of Michigan Girls Junior 13-under champion … finalist in the 2013 GAM Girls Junior 15-under and in the 2016 GAM Girls Junior 19-under.
Rachel Leucuta • Downers Grove, Ill/Downers Grove North HS
Three-time sectional and state qualifier at Downers Grove North … medaled in every tournament she played in 2016-17 high school season … two-time team captain … posted 18-hole average of 77 … three-time National Technical Honor Society … 2015 West Suburban Leadership Conference … two-time Academic All-Conference … named the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month in October, 2014 ... earned three letters in golf, one in softball ... won the Illinois Junior Golf Association Sectional No. 5 in 2016.