April 18, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. - Second-year Northern Illinois University head women's golf coach Kim Kester expanded her recruiting base as she announced the signing of a pair for the 2014-15 season Friday.
Kester went to the Pacific Northwest when she added Hayley Mortenson (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin High School), while staying close to home with the addition of Evelyn Brand (Monticello, Ill./Monticello High School).
Mortensen will still graduate as one of Tualtin High School's most decorated girls' golfers ever. She finished fourth and sixth in the Oregon Class 6A state tournaments in her junior and sophomore years respectively, earning first-team all-state honors in both season. Mortenson was also named a first-team All-Pacific Conference performer three times, and led an undefeated state champion Timberwolves team in her sophomore year.
"She's a great kid, great family," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "I saw her play in AJGA boys and girls senior championship where she finished second in the event. She's the kind of student-athlete you look for. She has good academics, likes to do the community service, has the talent to play Division I."
Brand is coming off of a record-breaking senior season at Monticello High School in which she set school records for season average (41.3), nine-hole score (35), and 18-hole score (74). She also captained Monticello's most successful girls' golf team in school history during her senior year. The Sages won their first ever regional and sectional championships and placed 11th as a team in the Illinois Class 1A State Meet. Brand will bring experience and leadership to the Huskies, as she was a four-year varsity letterwinner and a two-time captain at Monticello High School.
"She finished third in sectionals, tied for first at regionals this year and won her conference," Kester said. "Evelyn is definitely somebody who has a lot of potential and we're really excited to have her join us as well."
The Huskies return to the course Friday when they travel to Fishers, Ind. for the 2014 MAC Women's Golf Championship. Tee times for the first round are set for 8 a.m. CT.