The University of Colorado women’s golf coach Anne Kelly has announced the signing of Lauren Gooding, Ellie Gower and three-time Colorado High School Athletic Association Player of the Year Hailey Schalk to National Letters of Intent.
Schalk and Gooding will join this team in the fall of 2020, while Gower will enroll in classes this coming January and will start practicing with the team.
Schalk, a senior at Holy Family High School, has won the first three CHSAA championships she competed in and looks to become the first athlete to win the state championship four times. As a freshman at state, she shot a 7-under 65, which was the lowest score ever for a female at state.
“We are so thrilled to have Hailey join our team. I’ve had the pleasure watching her grow up, because her dad, Matt Schalk, is the Director of Golf at our home course, Colorado National Golf Club. Now, after having her on our radar for so long, to finally officially call her a Buff is very exciting, Kelly said. “I know Hailey had options when it came to making her choice about college and college golf –we are happy and proud that she decided to stay in state and chose the University of Colorado. She brings with her a tremendous work ethic, school and team pride.”
In 2017, she won the AJGA Hale Irwin Junior Championships with a scorecard of 70–73–69—212. Schalk placed second at the Nike Junior Invitational at Vanderbilt and was fifth at the Arizona Silverbelle. She was named the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Player of the Year once, the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year twice and the CHSAA High School and Boulder County Preps Player of the Year three times.
A Sportswomen of Colorado high school golf honoree, she was named the 2017 Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Player of the Year and was a 2018 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Future Famer.
Gooding, a native of London, England, has played several sports at Wellington College. She has been a member of the golf first team for five years, in addition to competing in tennis, rackets and hockey. Her top amateur performances include a win at the London Ladies Foursomes, which was six rounds of match-play (2019), a second-place finish at Junior Europeans (2018), a second-place finish at the Surrey County Championship (2019), a seventh-place finish at the Henry Cooper Masters (2019) and a 10th-place finish at the English Girls U16 (2017). Her stroke average is 73.5 and she has been ranked as high as 126th in the 2019 European Girls Rankings.
Gower currently resides in Perth, Scotland, but was born in London, England, and lived in France where she attended Notre Dame de Monbahus. Earlier in 2019, she played on the European Girls Team Championship team and the R&A Girls Home International team. Gower has had a successful 2019 schedule. She won the Cyprus Open and was third at the Scottish Girls Championships. Gower also placed fifth at the Ladies Irish Open and was top 10 at the German Girls Championships. .In 2018 she won the English U16s North Championship shooting a 14-under. Gower was ranked the No. 1 player in France in 2017.