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Nov. 12, 2015

Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia women’s golf coach Kim Lewellen announced today a two-person signing class that will enroll next fall. The players who have signed national letters of intent are Julia Ford of Shrewsbury, Mass. and Kate Harper of Isle of Palms, S.C.

“Julia and Kate exemplify the true definition of a student-athlete,” Lewellen said. “The talent they have on the course is matched by the talent they have in the classroom. They are both highly competitive and proven themselves in some of the nation’s top junior golf events. I very much look forward to Julia and Kate joining our community here in Charlottesville. They will be a perfect fit for our program.”

Ford played in the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the 2015 PGA Junior Championship. She was medalist at the 2015 New England PGA Junior Championships and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship qualifier in Massachusetts. She posted top-10 finishes at the Big “I” National Championship and the 2014 Doral Publix Junior. She has qualified to compete at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur 4-Ball Championship.

Ford is ranked the No. 137 junior player in the nation by Golfweek and is the No. 52 player for the class of 2016.

Ford was the 2014 Massachusetts High School Girl’s state champion. At Shrewsbury High School, she was named a Midland Wachusett league all-star in 2014 and 2015 and tabbed by the Boston Herald as a member of its girl’s golf all-scholastic team. She hails from the same town and high school as former UVA All-American Brittany Altomare.

Harper was the 2015 Beth Daniel Junior Azalea Champion and runner-up at the Midwest Junior Championship and was third at the IJGA Championship. She had six top-10 finishes at AJGA competition this past year and four top-five finishes. She was honored by the AJGA as a Scholastic Junior All-American.

At Wando High School she took regional medalist honors the past two years and was the 2015 Lower State medalist and all-state selection. She captured top honors at the 2015 WSCGA Invitational.

Harper the No. 4 ranked player in the state of South Carolina.

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