CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina University women's golf program has signed Jessica Alexander (Riverview, Fla./Newsome), Tatum Briele (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) and Taylor Slagle (Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll) to National Letters of Intent, Director of Golf Allen Terrell announced. All three will be freshmen at the University for the 2009-10 academic year.
"We are committed to building a nationally-ranked women's program," Terrell commented. "Jessica, Tatum, Taylor are all coming because they have the vision of playing at the national championship. We feel all three players will immediately make a positive impact. They truly love Coastal and are committed to our vision."
Alexander is a four-year letterwinner at Newsome, serving as co-captain her final two years as well as earning First Team All-Western Conference and Team Most Valuable Player honors as a junior and senior. She had top-five finishes at the District Tournament both years, as well as placing in the top 11 at the Regionals each of her final two seasons for the Wolves. In junior golf, she placed ninth at the 2008 Florida State Women's Amateur Championship as well finishing as runner-up after being the top seeded player at the 2007 Florida State Junior Match Play Championship. In her career, she has posted 19 top-15 finishes, including three top-fives overall. She also ranks in the top six percent of her class at Newsome and has been a member of the school's Honor Roll each year.
Briele has been a New Bern Sun Journal Golfer of the Year three times in her career, as well as the Coastal 4A Conference Player of the Year in each of her four seasons. Also a four-time All-Region selection, she placed has played in the top 25 of the Class 4A State Championship in each of her four years, including a pair of top-10 finishes her junior and senior seasons. In junior golf, she posted a runner-up finish at the 2007 EJGA event at the Emerald Golf Club, as well as top-five finishes at the 2008 North Carolina Big I and 2007 Coastal Plains Junior and Roy Jones BB&T Classic. Briele also was a standout on the basketball squad, earning All-Conference honors her junior season. Briele has a lineage in athletics, as her father is a Carolina Section PGA Professional, her mother played college golf and softball at North Carolina and her brother played on the golf squad at Western Carolina University.
Slagle is currently ranked ninth in the state of Texas for 2009 graduates and 18th overall in the state by Golfweek/Titleist. In high school, she helped lead the Dragons to the State 5A Championship in 2008, the largest classification in the state, as well as the No. 1 ranked team in Texas among all classifications. An All-Region and All-District selection in 2008, she helped the squad to seven team titles, two runner-up placings and two third-place finishes. She also finished sixth at the North Texas High School State Regional Tournament to lead the team to a victory after trailing by 10 shots in the opening round. In the junior ranks, Slagle finished third in the 2008 Trusted Choice Big I Texas State Championship, qualifying her for the National Championship in Pinehurst, the oldest national junior event. She also posted a runner-up finish at the Starburst Junior Championship in the 17-year old division after posting an eighth-place finish the prior year in the 16-year old division. Slagle comes from a family with college athletic experience, as her father Jerry played baseball at Middle Georgia College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the mid 1980s.