Eastern Washington University head women's golf coach Brenda Howe has added two new members to her squad. Jackie Brown, a native of Spanaway, Wash., joins the team for the upcoming 2011 winter/spring season. Brown transferred to Eastern from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where she played one year for the Tigers.
Caitilin Rice, a senior at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Wash., signed a national letter of intent and will begin her Eagle career next fall.
Brown, who graduated from Bethel High School in 2009, returned to Washington after spending one year in the south at Jackson State University. While at JSU, Brown competed in several high-level tournaments, including the 2010 NCAA Division I Championships. The Tigers earned an automatic bid to the event after winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference title. Brown was an All-SWAC first-team selection in 2010, and was also named to the league's all-academic team.
"We are very excited with the addition of Jackie," said Howe, who enters her second year as head coach of the women's golf team. "She is a great athlete, who hits the ball really far. She brings a tremendous amount of experience at the Division I level."
During the 2010 regular season at Jackson State, Brown finished in the top 25 in three separate tournaments. She tied for 22nd at the Lady Red Wolf Classic, firing a two-round total of 157 (78-79). She shot 81-75 at the Southern Miss Lady Eagle Invitational for a share of 13th place overall, and took 14th at the Ann Rhodes Classic with a total score of 159 (81-78).
Brown was also quite successful as a prep athlete in the state of Washington. She was a four-time all-league first team selection, and qualified for the WIAA 4A state tournament during her senior campaign. She took third at the state championship after finishing at just three under par (141) on the Willows Golf Club course in Pasco, Wash. That same year, she was named the Bethel High School Female Athlete of the Year by the Tacoma News-Tribune.
Rice is a four-year varsity letterwinner out of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Wash. She competed in the WIAA State Championship for three-consecutive years, finishing in the top 10 in 2009 and 2010. During her junior campaign, Rice shot 74-78 to finish fifth overall at the state championships. She was named to the all-state team in 2009 and 2010, and is a four-time all-metro first team selection.
Rice also played in the 2010 Washington State Junior Golf Association championships, where she tied for third after carding a three-round total of 238 (86-74-78). In 2010, she qualified for the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Girls Championship with a score of 73. She advanced to the semifinals in the match play portion of the prestigious tournament.
"Caitilin is a long ball hitter, who we believe has 'flown under the radar' in the recruiting process," said Howe. "She is a very talented golfer, but didn't play in a lot of the national tournaments that other juniors play in, so didn't get as much exposure. We are confident in her abilities and feel she will have a major impact on our program."