Women's college golf preview: Top 2014 freshmen

Nicole Morales, Cindy Ha and Shannon Aubert start their collegiate careers this fall.

Women's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Alison LeeUCLA  69.96 
2Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.17 
3Gaby LopezArkansas  70.29 
4Noemi JimenezArizona St  70.31 
5Celine BoutierDuke  70.40 

Women's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Southern California 70.64  13 
2UCLA 70.83  12 
3Duke 70.89  11 
4Stanford 71.74  13 
5Arizona State 71.75  12 

Sometimes, the best just keep getting better. That might be the case this year, as some of the top women's college golf programs bring in talented freshmen.

Here's a look at a handful of the players than can an impact this year:

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Incoming Tide

The Outlook: Alabama returns a roster with zero seniors after losing superstar Stephanie Meadow and veteran Hannah Collier. Bringing in two of the nation’s top freshmen could help fill that void for head coach Mic Potter, as he will look for some strong talent around junior Emma Talley.

Nicole Morales

School: Alabama

Ranking: 340 (World Amateur Golf Ranking)

Hometown: Salem, N.Y.

Resume: 2013 Thunderbird International Junior champion, Rolex All-American, advanced to round of 32 at 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur

Assets: "Nicole's parents, Miguel and Barbara, have raised a first class young lady, and her coach, Cheryl Anderson, has schooled her into a world class golfer." - head coach Mic Potter

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Lakareber Abe

School: Alabama

Ranking: 230 (WAGR)

Hometown: Angleton, Texas

Resume: Six AJGA top-fives, runner-up at 2013 U.S. Girls' Junior

Assets: "Justin Poynter (Abe's coach) has done a tremendous job of taking a young lady with raw power and refining her into a very accomplished all-around player." – head coach Mic Potter

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S-E-C!

The Outlook: Six teams from the Southeastern Conference advanced to the NCAA Championship last year, the second most from any conference behind the Pac-12’s seven. Freshmen found ways to contribute in the power conference last year, including Vanderbilt’s Simin Feng, LSU’s Caroline Nistrup and South Carolina’s Katelyn Dambaugh. These girls hope to make the same kind of impact in 2014-15.

Maddie Szeryk

School: Texas A&M

Ranking: 467 (WAGR)

Hometown: Allen, Texas

Resume: Four-time AJGA winner, including 2014 Thunderbird International Junior, competed in 2014 North Texas LPGA Shootout (MC)

Assets: “Maddie is a player that has been good for a long time. We first put our eye on Maddie back when she was just in the 8th grade. She has become stronger in all areas of her game and I can’t wait for her to be here. She could be one of the fiercest competitors that I’ve been around in a long time.” – Trelle McCombs

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Nanna Madsen

School: South Carolina

Ranking: 4 (WAGR)

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Resume: 2014 European Nations Cup Individual champion, 2013 British Ladies Amateur Championship stroke play medalist, member of Danish National team

Assets: "Nanna Madsen brings a very steady game, a game that's going to bring some excitement and very low numbers." – head coach Kalen Harris

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Cindy Ha

School: Vanderbilt

Ranking: 251 (WAGR)

Hometown: Demarest, N.J.

Resume: Advanced to round of 16 at 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won 2013 Exide Technologies Junior Open

Assets: “Cindy has such a presence about her that just screams, 'I’m about to dominate this place,' yet she is so humble. Her golf swing is silky smooth, her ball striking is pure and she if very eager to keep learning and growing.” – head coach Greg Allen

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Out West

The Outlook: This trio has had international success and plans on bringing that to the world of college golf. The Pac-12 features some of the strongest amateur golfers in the world, but these three look to figure into that argument before their careers are over.

Yan Jing

School: Washington

Ranking: 29 (WAGR)

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Resume: Won 2013 Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship and Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, played in seven professional events in 2014

Assets: "Her consistency and decision making. She rarely makes a poor choice about how to attack a hole location. She is also an exceptional putter." – head coach Mary Lou Mulflur

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Shannon Aubert

School: Stanford

Ranking: 28 (WAGR)

Hometown: Annecy, France Stuart, Fla.

Resume: French national team member, Junior Solheim Cup and U.S. Women's Open participant, Rolex All-American

Assets: “Shannon has an unmatched level of experience having competed significantly in Europe and also with the United States-based AJGA tour. She is a mature player, with a terrific short game and I believe she will blossom at the college level." – head coach Anne Walker

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Roberta Liti

School: Arizona State

Ranking: 123 (WAGR)

Hometown: Tuscany, Italy

Resume: Italy national team member, 2012 World Amateur participant, runner-up at 2013 Girls' British Open Amateur Championship

Assets: “I got to play with 18 hole with Roberta recently. To play with her and see her power and explosiveness, wow she hits the ball so far. I think its going to separate her from a lot of players. She has tremendous clubhead speed.” – head coach Melissa Luellen

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