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Stanford golf program signs two women to letter of intent

 

The top-ranked Stanford women's golf team is excited to announce the signing of Mika Liu and Kelsey Zeng to National Letters of Intent. They will join the program next fall.

Liu, one of the most accomplished junior players in the country, competed for the United States in the 2016 Curtis Cup Match in Dublin, Ireland, and qualified for the U.S. Women's Open Championship.

A native of Beverly Hills, her resume includes victories at the 2016 Women's South Atlantic Amateur, 2015 USGA Women's Amateur Fourball and AJGA Thunderbird Junior Invitational, and 2014 Southern Women's Amateur and World Junior Girls' Championship.

Liu attends the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and has participated in 12 USGA championships, including six girls' junior and three women's amateurs.

A three-time AJGA Rolex All-American and three-time winner on the circuit, she reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Women's Amateur and 2015 U.S. Girls' Junior. Liu has played in six LPGA and three Symetra Tour events.

Liu is veteran of international competition. In addition to the Curtis Cup, she competed in the 2014 and 2016 World Girls Championship in Ontario, Canada, the 2015 Ping Junior Solheim Cup in St. Leon-Rot Germany and USGA Trans-Pacific Youth Match in Beijing, China, and the 2012-13 LPGA Evian Junior Masters in Evian, France.

Liu is a member of the National Honor Society. She was a 2015 finalist for the USGA Presidents' Leadership Award, and won the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation Leadership Award.

"Mika is the epitome of a scholar-athlete," said Anne Walker, the Margot and Mitch Milias Director of Women's Golf. "She is ranked No. 24 in the world and also at the top of her academic class. Although she travels extensively to represent the U.S. on the world stage, she is 100 percent committed to her studies. We have great respect for Mika's accomplishments and can't wait to have her on campus where she can take her game to even higher levels."

Zeng, who lives in Orlando, Florida, was the 2015 Florida state high school girls class 1A individual champion and 2016 runner-up.

A senior at The First Academy, she was a 2016 AJGA Transamerica Scholastic All-American, was the 2015 Orlando Sentinel Girls and Bright House Network Girls Golfer of the Year, and team MVP, posting a low score of 64.

Liu and Zeng coming from golfing families. Liu's older brother, played for Harvard, and other brother Seiya, currently plays for the Crimson. Her older sister, Marika, was Yale's team captain and 2015 Ivy League Player of the Year.

Zeng's older sister Courtney, plays for Vanderbilt, and younger sisters Taylor and Ava are junior players.

"She will thrive in our team environment and bring a strong team spirit because she understands how to be part of a competitive family," Walker said. "She has significant experience at the state level and I believe she can transition her game easily to the collegiate level. She will be a consistent contributor to our program."

Stanford resumes competition Feb. 11-12 when it plays host to the Peg Barnard Invitational.

— Stanford Athletics

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