Gracie Richens signed her National Letter of Intent to play golf at Brigham Young University Wednesday at Tuacahn High School.
The 5-foot-1 senior — who actually plays on the Dixie Flyers golf team — became the first-ever student to earn a Division I scholarship at Tuacahn High School For The Performing Arts.
“It’s way cool to be the first one,” Richens said smiling. “But I owe a lot of it to my parents, coaches and teammates. They’ve always been there for me, and it’s really exciting to be able to go play at BYU next year.”
“The school was founded in 1999, and to see Gracie make history was pretty special,” said Tuacahn principal Drew Williams. “That’s why we made a big deal about it.”
The signing took place in the Hafen Theater which holds close to 400 seats. Most of the seats were filled with students, family and friends showing their support.
“I honestly thought I was going to have like 10-11 people come, and then everyone showed up,” Richens said. “Even my teammates (Dixie) came up, and that was really awesome.”
The senior had offers from all the in-state schools as well as a number of schools from outside the state.
“I just wanted to go somewhere with a great education, and BYU not only has that but also has one of the best golf teams in the country,” Richens said.
The senior started golfing when she was just nine years old and can always be seen out practicing on a golf course.
“She’s are only child and so we golf together a lot,” Gracie’s father, David Richens, said. “It’s been nice to be able to spend so much time with her, and I’m really thankful for that. We’re so proud of her and can’t wait to see where it takes her.”
SUU announces several student athlete signings
Southern Utah University announced the signing eight new T-Birds Wednesday.
Men’s basketball: Point guard Dre Marin from Apollo High School (Glendale, Arizona) becomes the first signee of the 2017 class. Marin averaged 18.8 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line as a junior.
Women’s basketball: Center Carlie Jones from Dallas Christian (Dallas, Texas) signed with SUU.
Gymnastics: Head coach Scott Bauman added three new gymnasts to his national-ranked program. Hannah Nipp from Laguna Hills, California; Mikaela Defilippo from Abbottstown, Pennsylvania; and Morgan Alfaro from Placentia, California, all signed with the Flippin’ Birds.
Golf: Launa Wilson from Lantana, Texas signed with the women’s golf team, and Austin Jaramillo from Roosevelt, Utah signed with the men’s.
Softball: First baseman Mikaela Thomson from Herriman High signed with the T-Birds Wednesday.
Three student athletes sign with Dixie State
Three student athletes signed NLIs with Dixie State University Wednesday.
Box Elder girls basketball player Keslee Stevenson signed with DSU according to the Standard-Examiner.
West Salem High (Salem, Oregon) swimmer Hannah Bodkin signed with the Trailblazers, according to the Salem Statesman Journal.
The Magic Valley Times-News reported College of Southern Idaho baseball pitcher Tyler Rosas signed with DSU.
DSU is expected to announce those three signings and several more before the early signing period ends Nov. 16.
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