Piscataway, N.J. (November 20, 2013) – Rutgers women’s golf Head Coach Maura Ballard announced today that Tatum Jackson (Mountain Brook, Ala.) and Emily Mills (Colts Neck, N.J.), two HP All-American scholars, have each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Scarlet Knights. Jackson and Mills stand amongst only 12 girls in the nation to earn an HP All-American Honor distinction.
“It is a very exciting time for the Rutgers Women’s Golf program. We are thrilled to be in a position to sign these two top prospects who excel at a high level not only on the golf course, but also in the classroom,” Coach Ballard explains. “This is a sign of great things to come for our program.”
Tatum Jackson, the 2012 Alabama Girls State Junior Champion, boasts a USGA scoring index of +1.0.
Jackson began playing for the Mountain Brook High School Varsity team, while only in seventh grade. She helped guide the team to victory in three consecutive Alabama 6A girls’ golf championship. In 2013, she placed first in five out of seven high school tournaments, finishing 2nd in two, with a scoring average of 73. She holds two top ten finishes and one top five finish in American Junior Golf Association tournaments. The two-time Birmingham News Metro Player of the Year (2012 and 2013), Jackson stands as the number one junior girl in Alabama. She is ranked 62 in the latest Golfweek National Rankings for the Class of 2014.
Emily Mills, the two-time NJ PGA Player of the year (2010 and 2011), carries a USGA handicap index of +1.7.
Mills earned two top 10 finished on the 2013 AJGA tour, including a third place finish at the AJGA Philadelphia Junior tournament. She was named first team All-State in two consecutive years (2011 and 2012). She took home two second-place finishes at the 2013 Shore Conference Tournament and at the 2013 Monmouth championships. In addition to her accomplishments on the links, Mills is currently ranked 6th in her class of 331 students at Colts Neck High School. She is also the recipient of the AP Scholar Award. Mills is ranked 66th in the Polo golf rankings.
“Emily and Tatum are prime examples of the excellence we strive for every day within our department,” Coach Ballard adds. “They will each make a distinctive, positive impact on our team leading us into our next level of play in the prestigious Big 10 Conference.”