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Nov. 17, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina women’s golf program has signed international recruits Marion Veysseyre, Ana Pelaez and Anita Uwadia to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Kalen Anderson announced Tuesday.

Veysseyre will join the team this spring, while Pelaez and Uwadia will join the Gamecocks for the 2016-17 season.

Class of 2016 South Carolina Women’s Golf Signees

Marion Veysseyre– Lachapelle-Auzac, France (Toulouse Golf Club)
Ranked No. 1 in European Girls’ U18 Rankings in 2014…2014 Annika Invitational Europe Individual Champion (70-74-69)…Led the French National Team to a European Girls’ Team Championship in Slovakia in 2014…Member of the winning French National Team at the 2015 European Ladies’ Team Championship in Denmark…2014 British Ladies’ Amateur semi-finalist…2013 French Amateur Ladies
Champion…Top-10 finish at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014.

From Coach Anderson
“I have watched Marion play her best golf under extreme pressure. Marion is simply a gamer and gets the job done when it matters. She is one of the best putters I have ever watched at the junior level, and I am excited to help her develop other areas of her game. Marion has competed at a high level all over Europe and the U.S., and she will bring experience to our young squad this spring. Marion is a diligent worker, and I foresee her making an impact in our line-up immediately.”

Ana Pelaez–Malaga, Spain (National School of Golf Blume)
Currently Ranked No. 6 in the Junior World Golf Ranking…Currently ranked No. 29 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings…Ranked No. 2 in the European Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings and U18 European Girls Golf Rankings…2015 ANNIKA Invitational Europe Individual Champion (69-69-72)…Led her Spanish National Team to a European Girls’ Team Championship title in the Czech Republic last summer…2015 British Girls’ Open semi-finalist…Member of the European Ping Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2015…Gold medal European under 18 in 2015…Semi-finalist French Girls’ Championship 2015…2014 ANNIKA Invitational Europe runner-up.

From Coach Anderson
“Ana plays with incredible fight and passion. She is a fierce competitor, and I look forward to gaining her positive attitude and leadership. Ana is an exceptional wedge player, and she brings a wealth of competitive experience to our program. Ana is the perfect fit for our program, and I look forward to assisting her in taking her game to the very highest level.”

Anita Uwadia–Okoko, Nigeria (Hilton Head Prep)
Competed in the British Girls’ Open in 2012 and 2014 and won the lowest African score in 2014…Competed in the USGA Girls’ Junior in 2014…Won gold at the African Youth Games in Botswana representing Nigeria…Club Chef Junior Open Champion at Falcon’s Fire, shooting -9 (67-68-72)…

From Coach Anderson
“Anita is full of raw talent! She has incredible speed, power and length. Anita has natural ability that cannot be taught, and I am extremely excited help her develop her scoring and mental game. Anita has the ability to accomplish great things throughout her collegiate career and beyond.”