Nov. 19, 2012
MADSISON, Wis. -- Badger women’s golf coach Todd Oehrlein announced the signing of three players to letters of intent during the early signing period.
Brooke Ferrell of Edgerton, Wis., Aya Johnson of North Muskegon, Mich., and Michelle Cheung from Hong Kong will attend the University of Wisconsin next fall.
Oehrlein said of his class, "We're really excited to be adding Brooke, Aya, and Michelle to our golf program. They will be a big part of the future of Wisconsin golf. In addition to all of their accomplishments on the golf course, I've been extremely impressed by each one personally.They are great students and have proven themselves to be successful both on the golf course as well as off of it. We're very proud that they have chosen Wisconsin."
Ferrell, who played for Edgerton High School, was the runner-up WIAA division 2 state golf champion this past fall and was a top-five finisher at the state meet all four years of high school. She earned first-team all-state honors the past three years and won the state qualifier by 12 strokes shooting a 71 at the Wisconsin Dells. She averaged a career low 73.3 strokes her round as a senior.
Ferrell’s senior season included wins at the Cardinal-Spartan Invitational, Parker Invitational, Madison Metro Invitational, and Portage Invitational hitting a course record 69. She also won third straight Rock Valley Conference title. In 2010, she set the course record at Riverside Country Club (7-under par 64) as part of 2010 Rock County Women's Championship victory.
Aya Johnson was just named Michigan Miss Golf this past weekend. She was Div 4 State Champion winning in a playoff after posting 80-73—153. She also tied for first at the Division 4 state finals as a sophomore and tied for third in 2011. She earned all-state honors four years. She was also the 2012 Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Girls Junior Champion as a senior. She averaged 73.0 during her senior season.
Johnnson had a successful summer of golf becoming a semifinalist at the 2012 Women’s Western Junior championship and was a quarterfinalist at the 2012 GAM Women’s Amateur Championship. She scored a record-breaking round of 67-65--132 at Traverse City Invitational.
She earned Academic All-State Honorable mention 2010, 2011, 2012 and is a West Michigan Conference Scholar Athlete with a 3.954 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and executive secretary of the student council. A multi-sport athlete, she qualified for the state finals in cross country, golf, and swimming in the fall season of her freshman year.
Michelle Cheung is just the fifth international athlete to play women’s golf at Wisconsin. A member of the Hong Kong National team, coach Oehrlein saw her play several summer events in the United States. She most recently played fourth in the 2012 Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open, and was second in the Hong Kong Close Championship.
She played in the 2010 and 2011 Callaway Junior World Championship, tying for 18th in 2010. She was a member of Hong Kong team that participated in the 2010 Asian Amateur Games (Guangzhou) and in the World Amateur Team Championship (Argentina). She is currently pursuing the International Bacclaureate (IB) diploma.