NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s golf team will welcome three standout golfers to its 2012-13 roster in Hawaii’s Monique Ishikawa, California’s Spenser Krut and Texas’ Lilette Mocio.
I am excited to welcome Lilette, Spenser and Monique to the golf program,” Columbia head women’s golf coach Kari Williams said. “They are all proven golfers who will bring a lot of experience and add depth to our team. All three have dedicated their summers to playing in top amateur events in preparation for collegiate golf. They are all multi-sport athletes who can draw on their experiences of playing and competing in other sports to help them play better golf. I am really looking forward to the fall season where our first-years will join our very experienced returning players.”
Monique Ishikawa – Kalaheo High School | Kailua, Hawaii
Williams on Ishikawa: “Monique is a tremendous athlete. She will help our team become more competitive. She led her soccer team to the runner-up title on Oahu (OIA) and she ran the Honolulu Marathon for fun. She works hard and is very coachable – I cannot wait to see what she accomplishes during her four years at Columbia.”
Ishikawa was a multi-sport star at Kalaheo High School (Kailua, Hawaii), earning four letters in golf and soccer and one letter in bowling. She garnered first-team all-state golf honors following her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She finished higher each year at the HHSAA Girls State Golf Championships, capping her career at Kalaheo with a fifth-place showing in 2012. Ishikawa was also named to the all-state second team as a senior.
She has thrived in various Hawaii Junior Golf Association events and tied for sixth place in the 2011 Adams Junior Golf Tour Championship. She also recently competed in the 2012 Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship.
Ishikawa is just as accomplished as a scholar as she was the valedictorian of her graduating class.
Spenser Krut – The Bishop’s School | Del Mar, Calif.
Williams on Krut: “Spenser is a very strong golfer with a long list of accomplishments. One of the things I was most impressed with her during the recruiting process was her ability to recover. At the Silver Belle in Arizona she shot an opening round in the 80’s with 40+ putts. Her last round of the event was a 69.”
Krut was a four-year golf letterwinner at The Bishop’s School (La Jolla, Calif.). She was a four-time All-Section first-team selection, the Coastal League MVP and Player of the Year in 2010 and a four-time All-Academic Team honoree. Her career low is a 69 she carded as a sophomore and again as a senior.
She is no stranger to competing on big stages. Krut played on Team USA at the Aaron Baddeley China Invitational and the Jack Newton/Srixon Australia Invitational. She played on Team San Diego at the Callaway Junior World Championship, the Girls Junior Americas Cup and the Mary Cave Cup. Krut also competed in the Southern California PGA Toyota Tour Cup and starred in AJGA and San Diego Junior Golf Association events.
Krut was also an outstanding student in the classroom, being named to her high school honor roll all four years and earning National Merit Commended status on her PSAT.
Lilette Mocio – Ursuline Academy of Dallas | Plano, Texas
Williams on Mocio: “Lilette is a very talented player out of Texas. I am extremely impressed with her work ethic and commitment to golf. She makes everyone and everything better – just by her attitude and presence. Her practice/tournament schedule for the summer demonstrates how committed she is to helping Columbia win Ivy Championships.”
Mocio was a two-year golf letterwinner and an all-state selection in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Her lowest round is a 1-under 70 and she has made two holes-in-one over the course of her golf career. She placed third overall at the state tournament in 2009, leading Ursuline Academy to a TAPPS 5A state championship. As a sophomore, Mocio placed seventh at the 2010 TAPPS 5A state tournament to help the Bears repeat as state champions.
She also shined competing in AJGA, Women’s Western Golf Association, Texas Junior Golf Tour and Texas Legends Junior Tour events. She won the 2011 TJGT Kingwood Lake Championship and posted two top-3 finishes during the 2010-11 season.
Mocio was a scholar in the classroom as well. She was a member of the National Honor Society from 2009-12 and an academic dean’s list honoree from 2008-12.