PEMBROKE — Univeristy of North Carolina at Pembroke women’s golf coach David Synan announced a quartet of additions to his 2016-17 roster Wednesday afternoon as in-state products Casey Burroughs, Katy Flax, Meredith Godwin and Megan Munroe inked their names to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers with the Braves.
“We have a very strong incoming freshmen class,” said assistant coach Dana Watkins. “All four individuals are extremely talented on and off of the course and will have a great impact on our program. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them and the UNCP golf family.”
A Wake Forest native and Wakefield High School product, Burroughs is listed No. 42 in the latest Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) poll. A four-time all-conference selection, she registered a three-round 227 (73-75-79) at the 2015 PKB Srixon Tour Championship, as well as a two-round 158 (76-82) at the state championship. Burroughs also turned in a three-round 245 (80-81-84) at the 2015 CGA Dogwood Tournament, as well as a 78 at the CGA High School Girls Challenge.
Burroughs maintains a 4.9 weighted grade point average at Wakefield High School as a member of the school’s honor society and ranks among the top 10 in her senior class. The daughter of Lori Gregg and Scott Burroughs has a younger sister, Erin. She is expecting to major in chemistry (biotechnology) at UNCP.
“Casey has loads of potential as a very young incoming freshman,” Synan said. “She is an excellent student, has a strong work ethic as a junior golfer and has good length of the tee that is needed in college golf.”
Flax attends Ashley High School in Wilmington where she is a four-time all-conference standout for the Eagles. Flax had a pair of notable top-3 finishes last season, including a runner-up standing at the NCHSAA regional tournament where she carded a 77. She also placed third (79-74/153) at the Coastal Plains Junior Tournament, and tallied a 10th-place showing (85-74/159) at the NCHSAA state championship tournament on Pinehurst No. 6. A Wilmington Star News Player of the Week honoree, Flax is ranked No. 38 in the latest TYGA rankings.
The daughter of Emily and Bernie Flax has a sister, Caroline, and maintains a 4.7 weighted GPA at Ashley High School. She is expecting to major in chemistry (pre-health) at UNCP. Her father is a former college basketball coach with stops at Kansas State, UNC Wilmington and Saint Louis.
“Katy is a steely-eyed competitor who possesses a very solid game,” Synan said. “As the daughter of a former college basketball coach, she will bring many positives to our golf family.”
A Rowland native and Purnell Swett High School product, Godwin maintains a 79.0 stroke average as a four-time all-conference selection for the Rams. She finished among the top 20 (85-82/167) at the NCHSAA state championships after carding an 85 at the NCHSAA regional tournament. Godwin also registered a career-best 73 in a Southeastern Conference match at Bayonet at Puppy Creek as well.
Godwin maintains a 4.14 weighted GPA as a member of the National Honor Society at Purnell Swett High School and ranks in the top 5 percent of her senior class, while also volunteering with the 1st Tee of the Sandhills organization. The daughter of Carolyn and Michael Godwin has an older sister, Michelle, and an older brother, Matthew. She is expecting to major in business at UNCP.
“Meredith has strong fundamentals and has worked extremely hard at her game,” Synan said. “She has developed quickly into a top junior player in the region with her time in the Jamie Locklear Junior Golf Academy.”
Munroe, a Raeford native and Hoke County High School product, ranked as high as No. 15 in the TYGA poll as a sophomore and has a handful of top 5 finishes during her prep career, including tallying the third-best round in NCHSAA history with a 66 (-6) in an SEC match at Bayonet at Puppy Creek as a junior. A two-time SEC Player of the Year selection, Munroe finished in the top spot at the NCHSAA regional tournament this season after carding a 71, and also won the EJGA Sandhills Tournament as a sophomore with a two-round 147 (75-72). She also registered a 75 at the PKB One-Day Longleaf Tournament.
The daughter of Taryn and Edward Munroe has an older brother, Devan, and a younger sister, Elyse. She maintains a 4.0 GPA at Hoke County High School where she is a member of the Key Club and Drama Club. She is expecting to major in Fine Arts at UNCP.
“Megan is a very athletic golfer and has great hand-eye coordination,” Synan said. “This translates into power off the tee and the ability to be very creative around the greens. Megan can be as good as she wants to be.”