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Laurie Gibbs and the Pepperdine women’s golf program announced that another young talented recruit will be joining the Waves next season as Lion Higo of Australia has signed a grant-in-aid.
With three exceptional freshmen coming in, the Waves will boast one of the strongest groups of recruits in the upcoming season. Kaleiya Romero will enroll for this fall semester, while both Higo and Caroline Hwang will graduate from high school this fall and enroll at Pepperdine in January 2021.
“Lion is a great addition to the women’s golf program and we are very excited to have her join our team next January,” Gibbs said. “In addition to her exceptional talent and tournament results, Lion has a wonderful personality that will add greatly to our team dynamics.”
Higo hails from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, where she was a member of the Queensland Women’s State Team in 2019 and the Queensland Girls’ State Team from 2017-20. She won twice in the last year at the Northern Territory Ladies Classic and at the Australian School Sports National Championships. She was runner-up at the 2019 Australian Girls’ Amateur Championships. In 2019 she received the Australian Girls’ Order of Merit.
She received an invitation to the 2020 Australian Master of the Amateurs and scored a career-low 10-under 62 to tie the course record at the Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. She also tied a course record with a 5-under 67 at Maroochy River Golf Club at the 2019 Katherine Kirk Junior Classic – named after the Pepperdine Hall of Famer and women’s golf legend for the Waves.
“I chose Pepperdine because of the long-term success of the golf program with great coaches, as well as strong academic programs with a degree I’m really interested in. Pepperdine has a beautiful campus and I love the weather in Malibu, which is similar to my hometown. The 3 1/2-year program suits me well so that I can start early and graduate early to aim for the LPGA and follow the path of Pepperdine graduate Katherine Kirk, who is also from Queensland.”