Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Alabama, the defending national champion. Morales had narrowed her decision to Georgia, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Alabama.
Morales, who is Golfweek‘s third-ranked player in the Class of 2014, drew a bevy of college coaches during the summer’s top junior events. She delivered a tough match against World No. 1 amateur Lydia Ko in the third round of match play at the U.S. Junior before falling, 3 and 2. Morales played for the East team at the Wyndham Cup, and won the 2011 Polo Golf Junior Classic, the only match-play event on the AJGA schedule.
Morales said her decision ultimately came down to the coaching staff. She’s excited to play for Alabama head coach Mic Potter.
“He reminds me of my dad, who is very soft spoken,” she said. “I think I would improve my game under his guidance.”
Morales also was sold on Alabama’s practice facilities and the academic opportunities.
Morales is the incoming player representative to the AJGA Board of Directors, and was a first-team Rolex All-American for 2012.