NEW YORK – Head women’s golf coach Kari Williams has announced the addition of two newcomers for the 2014-15 season. Monica Chen and Nancy Xu, both California natives, will join the Lions as the Class of 2018.
Chen hails from Fremont, California, and was a three-time letterwinner at Mission San Jose High School. MSJ won a pair of league titles during her sophomore and junior seasons, advancing to the state tournament both years. During her sophomore season, Chen was named the East Bay Prep Athlete of the Year for Golf, as well as earning her first selection to the All-East Bay first team, after winning the Mission Valley Athletic League championship. She went on to finish as the runner-up at the Northern California High School Girls Championship. She earned her second All-East Bay first team selection as a junior, winning her second straight league title and the NCS championship.
A successful player on the amateur circuit, Chen compiled numerous top-10 finishes in recent years. In 2011, she picked up four first-place finishes at Junior Golf Association of Northern California events (Oakland City, Bill Krause Memorial, Pleasanton Junior and Del Rio Bumgardner Junior Memorial) and also captured third at the JGANC/NCGA NorCal Junior Players. In 2012, Chen finished second at the Sean Remem Memorial Junior Classic and took fourth at the Sunriver Junior Open. Four more top-10’s followed in 2013, highlighted by a victory at the Santa Clara Junior Championship.
Xu, a letterwinner and co-captain at Saint Francis High School, comes to Morningside Heights via Sunnyvale, California. A four-year member of the women’s golf team, Xu led her team to the 2013 NorCal High School Championship. In 2012 and 2013, Xu and Saint Francis claimed third at the CCS Girls Golf Championship. As an individual, she captured medalist honors at the 2012 NorCal HS Golf Championship and the West Catholic Athletic League tournament. For her efforts, she was named 2012 Silicon Valley Mercury News Girls Golf Player of the Year.
Xu supplemented her high school experience with numerous accomplishments in amateur tournaments. A member of the Tiger Woods Foundation National Golf Team, Xu qualified for the US Girls Junior Championship in 2012. She also claimed runner-up honors at the 83rd Annual NCGA Northern California Junior Girls Championship and the AJGA Stockton Junior All-Star. In 2013, she won the NCGA Junior Tour Spring Series II at Windsor GC, finished runner-up at the AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill CC and won the Helen Lengfeld flight at the 64th California Junior Girls State Championship.