Nov. 23, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois women's golf coach Renee Slone announced the signing of two talented golfers to national letters of intent on Monday. Jackie Calamaro (Newtown Square, Pa. / Radnor High School) and Ember Schuldt (Sterling, Ill. /Sterling High School) will join the Fighting Illini for the 2010-2011 season.
"We are eagerly anticipating both Jackie and Ember joining our Illini Women's Golf family next fall," head coach Renee Slone said. "Both of these young ladies excel not only on the golf course but also in the classroom and will be excellent representatives of our program."
Schuldt and Calamaro are ranked 46th and 48th, respectively, in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Polo Golf Rankings class of 2010. Calamaro is a two-time Pennsylvannia State Women's Golf Association Junior Girls Champion. Schuldt, likewise, was the 2008 Illinois Junior Golf Association Junior Girls Champion and 2009 Runner-up.
"Both Jackie and Ember have been involved in numerous activities in high school outside of athletics and academics and have managed their time very well which will enable them to make a smooth transition to college. We look forward to both players making an immediate impact on the future success of our program."
PROFILE ON THE NEWEST ILLINI
Jackie Calamaro // Newtown Square, Pa. / Radnor HS
Notes: Ranked 48th in AJGA rankings for Class of 2010...Two-time PSWGA (Pennsylvania State Women's Golf Association) Junior Girls Champion (2008-2009)...Four career Top 10's in AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) events...PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) High School State Individual Champion as a senior...Three-time PIAA High School Championships qualifier, finishing 16th (2006). 7th (2008), and 1st (2009) ...Three-time All Main Line Golf first team...Four time Central League Champion...Three-time high school team MVP...Coach is Scott Nye, head professional at Merion Golf Club...Member of Radnor Marching Band all four years...Honor roll freshman and sophomore years.
Coach Slone on Jackie: "Jackie is a very driven player and excellent putter. She possesses an outgoing personality and brings a high level of energy to everything she does."
Ember Schuldt // Sterling, Ill. / Sterling HS
Notes: Ranked 46th in AJGA rankings for Class of 2010...2008 Illinois Junior Golf Association (IJGA) Junior Girls Champion, 2009 runner-up...2009 USGA Women's Public Links Qualifier Winner...2009 MAJGT(Mid-American Junior Golf Tour) All-Midwest Girls 1st Place...Four-time IHSA (Illinois High School Association) State Qualifier, coming in 3rd Place her junior and senior years...three-time NCIC Conference Champion...two-time Regional Champion...2008 Sectional Champion...Four-time team MVP and Captain...Three AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) top 10 finishes including a runner-up finish at the AJGA John Deere Classic...High Honor Roll all four years of high school...Junior Rotarian...National Honor Society member.
Coach Slone on Ember: "Ember is a highly competitive person and is familiar with a number of current team members having played in the same tournaments here in Illinois. Her length is one of her greatest attributes on the course and will assist her on the longer college courses."