ATLANTA – Georgia State women’s golf coach Cathy Mant announced the signing of three highly-touted junior golfers on Thursday as Emma Berlin (Sweden), Maria Blasco (Spain) and Sandra Vazquez (Spain) signed their National Letters of Intent join the Panthers for the 2018-19 season.
Berlin currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and attends Österåkers Gymnasium. She has put together an impressive resume in the last few years including wins at the 2017 Portuguese Intercollegiate Open and 2016 Drottningholms Junior Masters Invitational. She also won the 2017 Magnus Jakobssons Memorial with a final round 68.
Berlin also earned a second-place finish at the 2015 Skandia Tour Riks Match Play and a third-place finish at the 2015 Skandia Tour Riks. She finished fifth at the 2017 Evolve Spanish Junior Girls Championship, sixth at the 2017 Swedish Junior Classic and qualified for the 2017 Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship.
“Emma is a very smart player who appears to have strong course management skills,” Mant said. “She hits the ball very well and is dedicated to taking her game to the next level. After watching her play, I was impressed with how she handled herself on the course and maintained a level head. I look for Emma to be a very consistent player and someone we can rely on each tournament.”
One of two players from Spain to join the program, Maria Blasco currently attends Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Barcelona. She shot a career-low 68 in the Valencia Championship and was a member of the Catalonia U16 and U18 squads.
Blasco shot a 71 as a part of the 2016 Del Valles Championship, a 74 in the Copa Andulcia and rounds of 73 and 74 in the 2017 Del Valles Championship. She also finished in 21st at the 2017 Spanish Ladies International Stroke Play.
“Maria impresses me as a very driven player who took the game up on her own,” Mant said. “Her family does not play. Maria has a wonderful golf swing and has only been playing the game for five years. She has the ability to go low and I suspect that after devoting a little more time to her short game, she will be a significant factor in our success next season.”
Vazquez is from Mallorca, Spain and attends Centro de Alto Rendimiento CSD Madrid (Joaquin Blume). She is a member of Team Spain and earned a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Spain Sub 18.
She earned third-place finishes at the 2016 Hossegor International and 2016 Andalucia Cup. She also qualified for the 2017 Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship. Earlier this year she finished in 20th place at the Copa de Andalucia, while last year she finished in 23rd at the 2017 Spanish Ladies International Stroke Play.
“Sandra is a member of the Spanish National Team which speaks highly about her ability as a player,” Mant said. “Sandra hits it very long and is an exciting player to watch. Her best tournament score is 6-under and I think she will vie for a top position on our team next year.”
Georgia State recently finished in fifth-place at the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The Panthers will see three seniors graduate later this spring to be replaced by the three international signees.