Eagles continue to add depth with a top 75 recruit out of Spring Valley, Calif., and a local talent from Post Falls, Idaho
With a few strokes of a pen, the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team has nearly doubled its roster. Head coach Brenda Howe recently announced the final two additions to her 2012 recruiting class, which brings her roster numbers for next season from four to seven.
Joining Moscow native Taylor Anderson, who signed a National Letter of Intent with EWU during the fall, is Maddie Dodge out of Post Falls, Idaho, and Marissa Borja from Spring Valley, Calif. These three signees represent the largest recruiting class in Howe’s three-year tenure.
“I am really excited about this class,” said Howe. “The transition between coaching regimes at Eastern has taken awhile, but it is now becoming complete. I really feel like I have my own foundation to really build upon. These incoming athletes will create a more competitive environment on a daily basis, and that should help us reach our ultimate goal of getting the Eastern women’s golf program back on track.”
Borja, who has been playing golf since she was six years old, comes to Eastern with quite an impressive resume. She currently ranks among the top 75 high school seniors in the nation in both the Golfweek Magazine/Sagarin National Rankings and the American Junior Golf Association rankings. Borja is ranked in the top 250 for all players graduating between 2012 and 2017.
“We are thrilled to have a player as accomplished as Marissa join our program,” said Howe. “In the past ten years, there has only been one other golfer [Chloe Nelson] commit to Eastern that had as high of a national ranking as Marissa. She is a player who can come in as a freshman and make an immediate impact.”
In her senior season at Steele Canyon High School, Borja boasted a nine-hole scoring average of 34.1 - nearly two strokes under par.
She tied for eighth at the 2011 CIF/CGA State Championship with a 76, and was the runner-up at the 2010 Southern California Regional Championships after firing a four-under par 68.
She was named the Grossmont Hills League Player of the Year for three-consecutive seasons, and was selected to the All-San Diego Section Second Team in 2011. She was also a San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic First-Team selection.
Outside of her high school achievements, Borja has also had success playing in the American Junior Golf Association’s summer series. In July 2011, she took eighth at the Emerson Junior Golf Classic with a 54-hole total of 222 (75-74-73). That same summer, she was among the top 30 finishers at the Junior World Golf Championships with a four-round score of 306 (75-77-73-81).
Another accomplished prep golfer, Dodge will be staying a bit closer to home when she joins the Eagle squad next fall. Dodge is a four-year letterwinner for the Post Falls Trojans.
Dodge finished as the runner up at the 2011 Idaho 5A State Tournament in Boise, becoming the highest finisher at state in the history of Post Falls girl’s golf. She shot rounds of 77 and 82 to finish four strokes behind the champion from Vallivue.
During her summers, Dodge has competed in several Idaho and Washington Junior Golf Association events. At the 2010 IJGA State Championships, she carded a 77 in back-to-back rounds to finish as the runner-up. At the 2011 WJGA district tournament at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, Dodge took third overall, which qualified her for the state championship.
“Maddie will be a great addition to this team,” said Howe. “She is coming to Eastern with a strong work ethic in place, and I look forward to her continuing to develop into the kind of player we need.”
Dodge also comes from a family of golfers, as her older sister, Genna, is currently a junior with the Gonzaga women’s golf team.
“Because of her sister, Maddie has been able to see first-hand what it takes to become a solid player in a highly successful program,” said Howe. “She understands the dedication and determination that is required at the collegiate level.”
Dodge, and fellow EWU signee Taylor Anderson, were both nominees for Women’s Golfer of the Year at the 50th Anniversary of the North Idaho Sports Banquet. Anderson was also up for an award in women’s basketball after being named the All-Inland Empire League Player of the Year this past season.
“With Marissa’s junior golf accolades, Maddie’s established work ethic, and Taylor’s natural athleticism, I am really confident this class will help us turn the corner in terms of becoming a more competitive team,” said Howe.