Nov. 14, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University women's golf head coach Katie Quinney has announced that
Hansen, a native of Taastrup, Denmark, comes to Coastal after a stellar amateur European career. She
owns a 73.46 scoring average over 45 rounds of competitive golf. Hansen has won numerous amateur tournaments, including the Vejlematchen (2012), Fureso Pokalen (2013) and ANNIKA Invitational Europe (2013). In addition to her wins, she placed third at the European Girls Team Championship in 2012. Her career-low round is a 7-under 66, which she shot on her way to winning this year's ANNIKA Invitational Europe.
"Malene has won many international events and we were immediately impressed with her ability," said Quinney. "I am looking for Malene to step in right away and make a big impact in our lineup."
Howard hails from nearby Lamar, S.C., where she attends Lamar High School. However, the Silver Foxes do not have a girl's golf team so Howard has played her interscholastic golf with the Hartsville Red Foxes. She led Hartsville to the 3A Lowerstate Championship as a junior where she finished sixth on the individual leaderboard. Howard won individual medalist honors at the 3A Lowerstate Championship as both a sophomore and senior. She also carded a first-place showing at the Peggy Kirk Bell tournament held at Clemson University. A four-time all-state honoree, Howard also earned North-South All-Star plaudits as a senior. She holds a nine-hole scoring average of 35.33.
"Eden will be a fantastic addition to our team," said Quinney. "It also means a lot to me and the program to sign a South Carolina player who has chosen Coastal Carolina over so many great programs in the state. Her quick development over a short period of time is a true testament to her athletic ability and work ethic."
The 2013-14 Chanticleers return to the links for the start of their championship season at the Almaden Country Club in San Jose, Calif., for the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational on March 3-4.