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Anderson Announces Pair of Highly-Rated French Signees
Anderson Announces Pair of Highly-Rated French Signees
Women's Golf  . 

Anderson Announces Pair of Highly-Rated French Signees

South Carolina Athletics/Andy Mead

2023 class ranked No. 2 in the country by Golf Channel's Brentley Romine

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Head coach Kalen Anderson announced the addition of a pair of rising French stars to her program in the early signing period. Vairana Heck (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) and Maylis Lamoure (Aix-en-Provence, France) both signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at South Carolina.

“I’m feeling incredibly optimistic about the continued success of Gamecock women’s golf today,” said head coach Kalen Anderson. “We are adding two exceptional individuals and golfers with the signings of Vairana and Maylis. Both will make immediate and significant impacts in our lineup. Competing at the highest levels in amateur golf, they both share a wealth of experience and success playing together throughout Europe as members of the French National Team. In addition to already being seasoned and accomplished teammates, the two hold a very strong friendship that should be beneficial in their transition to South Carolina. We are eager to get Vairana and Maylis immersed in our environment and culture next August, and we look forward to assisting them in their personal and athletic growth.”

South Carolina’s signing class of Heck and Lamoure was ranked No. 2 nationally behind Georgia by Brentley Romine of the Golf Channel. He has heck slotted as the No. 9 signee and Lamoure No. 15 in his top-25 player rankings.

2023 Gamecock Women’s Golf Early Signing Class:

Vairana Heck (Boulogne-Billancourt, France)

  • Daughter of Stanislas Heck and Marie-Delphine Sauval – has an older brother, Emerson
  • Ranked 190th in the latest WAGR  and 19th in the European Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings
  • Member of the French National Girls Team and the French National Ladies Team
  • Was one of three chosen to represent France in the 2022 World Amateur Team Championship this past September
  • Medalist at the 2022 European Girls Team Championship in Iceland
  • Runner-up at the 2022 Jr. Girls’ Orange Bowl Championship
  • Took second at the 2021 Portuguese International Amateur Championship
  • Part of the winning European side at the 2021 PING Junior Solheim Cup at Sylvania Country Club in Sylvania, Ohio ; won her singles match 2&1
  • Major plans are undecided
  • Chose USC because of the facilities, coaches and overall atmosphere around the program
  • Picked South Carolina over Florida, Kentucky, Miami, TCU and UCLA

Anderson on Heck:

“Vairana is a relatively longer hitter, tall in physical stature, naturally athletic, and highly motivated.  With these qualities, I see no limits to Vai’s overall development and no limits on what she will be able to achieve over time.”

Maylis Lamoure (Aix-en-Provence, France

  • Daughter of Stéphanie Sanial – has a younger brother, Paul
  • Ranked 119th in the latest WAGR and 10th in the European Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings
  • Member of the French National Girl’s Team and French National Ladies Team
  • Was one of three chosen to represent France in the 2022 World Amateur Team Championship this past September
  • Finished 10that 2022 World Amateur Championship
  • Finished ninth at the The 2022 Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Runner Up 2021 French International Ladies Championship
  • Runner Up 2022 Portuguese Ladies Amateur Championship
  • Plans to major in psychology
  • Chose USC because of the facilities, coaches and environment
  • Picked South Carolina over Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and UCF

Anderson on Lamoure:

“Maylis is a relatively shorter hitter, small in physical stature, dominant on/around the greens, strong minded and fiercely competitive. Most importantly, Maylis has repeatedly proven that she simply knows how to get the job done on the golf course. She will be a tough and reliable in our lineup.”

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