EUGENE – University of Oregon women’s golf head coach Ria Quiazon was pleased to announce her first signee for the 2010-11 season with the addition of Raphaela Dyer who signed a National Letter of Intent.
The English native from Swanmore, Hampshire proved herself among the country’s top juniors when she won the 2009 English Schools National Championship (70-76-146). In April, she added a victory in the Faldo Series Tournament at the Walton Heath Golf Club and earned an invitation to the 2009 Faldo Series Championship in Brazil in October.
In her round of 16 appearance in the 2009 Girls' British Open Amateur Championship, she lost to the eventual champion, Perrine Delacour of France, and ranked 12th in the 142-player qualifying rounds. In other noteworthy 2009 events, also made a quarterfinal appearance in the English Girls' Close Amateur Championship, claimed the Hampshire Girls Championship (70-74-144), and added a EWGA South Region Girls Golf Championship at Worplesdon (73-70-143) in September.
In previous seasons, she was selected for the English team for the 2007 Girls
Home Internationals event and was undefeated in all her matches, and won the 2006 U-16 English Schools National Championship championships.
“I know that Raphaela's international experience is a great asset," Oregon head coach Ria Quiazon said, "and we look for her to make an immediate impact. I watched her play in the British Girls Championship this summer, and I was really drawn to her athleticism, her fire, her demeanor, and her love of the game. After seeing her first swing, I knew she could play. The more I learned about her, the more I was convinced that she would be a great fit for the University of Oregon.”
Next year, Dyer will help to replace a two-person senior class that graduates 2008 Women’s Amateur qualifier Kate Hildahl and former Giustina Memorial Classic champion Felicia Eastick.
Closer to home this season, the Oregon women’s golf team completed its fall campaign earlier this month and has three months until its spring opener, the Peg Barnard Invitational, Sunday-Monday, February 14-15, at the Stanford Golf Course.
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