Early recruiting efforts so common in football and basketball have now permeated golf.
Fresh off her second straight Class 6A-7A state championship last week, when she shot 6-under in the two-round tournament, Huntsville (Ala.) eighth-grader Michaela Morard verbally committed to the University of Alabama, according to AL.com.
Morard is Golfweek’s second-ranked golfer in the Class of 2020, just behind California phenom Karah Sanford, who qualified for April’s LPGA Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. The 14-year-old Huntsville star is ranked 37th among all prep golfers.
“I have always wanted to play college golf in the very competitive SEC,” Morard said in a press release. “I chose the University of Alabama because of Coach Mic (Potter) and Coach Susan (Rosenstiel), the amazing practice facilities, the highly rated business school and the winning traditions the Crimson Tide women’s golf program has experienced over the past decade.”
Morard tied the state record with a combined 7-under score as a seventh-grader at the 2015 Class 6A-7A state tournament. She also became the youngest Alabama Junior Girls State Amateur Champion in history when she carded a 4-under in July.
Morard has five top-five finishes in AJGA competition over the past year, according to Golfweek, including a victory at the 2015 Junior All-Star at Chateau Elan in Georgia.
Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide’s women’s golf team won the NCAA Division I team title in 2012 and produced reigning individual champion Emma Talley.