CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's golf team has signed Coastal Carolina transfer Taylor Slagle to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Carol Blackmar announced today. Slagle, a native of Southlake, will be a junior in terms of her eligibility in the 2011-12 season for the Islanders.
"Taylor was one of the best players in the state at Southlake, and we're glad to have her back in Texas with our golf program," Blackmar said. "Her ability will make her an impact player for us right away, and with a strong returning core, we think she will help us toward the top of the Southland Conference."
Slagle was one of three freshmen for Coastal Carolina in the 2009-10 season, as the program was ranked seventh nationally in Golfstat's "Freshman Impact Rating." In the spring, she averaged 78.7 strokes per round over six tournaments and had a pair of top-10 finishes on the season. Her top finish was a sixth-place result at the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, where she shot a 225 (74-74-77).
The Chanticleers were consistently ranked in the nation's top 60 throughout the season, and her score was counted for the team in more than half of her rounds. CCU ranked 25th nationally in greens in regulation and 97th in driving accuracy according to Golfstat's rankings for Division I. Her performance helped CCU qualify for the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
In high school, Slagle was ranked eighth in Texas for 2009 graduates according to Golfstat/Titleist, and was ranked 308th nationally among all players. She posted 15 top-10 finishes in her career from 2006-09, including taking third place at the 2008 Trusted Choice Big I Texas State Championship to qualify for the Big I National Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. - the oldest amateur event in the nation.
Her high school team at Southlake Carroll was the top-ranked team in the state in 2008. She earned all-region and all-district honors her junior year after helping Southlake Carroll to seven team wins along with two second-place and two third-place finishes in 11 events.