SDSU women’s golf signs two

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BROOKINGS – Jackrabbit Director of Golf Casey VanDamme announced Thursday that Magda Kruger and Cassidy Laidlaw have signed national letters of intent to enroll at South Dakota State and play for the women's golf team.

"We are very excited to add Cassidy and Magda to the Jackrabbit family. Both players have unlimited potential and we look forward to their continued development," VanDamme said. "In addition to their golf talent, Magda and Cassidy will represent us at the highest level in the classroom/community."

Kruger comes to SDSU after playing this past year at Redlands Community College in El Rano, Okla. In 19 rounds, she recorded a 79.92 stroke average and ranked 24th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Golfstat Top 100. Kruger won the 2017 NJCAA Region 2 Qualifier Championship Tournament, firing a 144 (77-67). At the 2017 NJCAA Women's National Championship Tournament, the Cougars finished sixth and Kruger tied for 50th.

In 2016, she tied for fifth at the Kickingbird Invitational, shooting a 146 (77-69). Kruger had a pair of wins in 2013 and 2014 for the Cougars.

A native of Centurion, South Africa, Kruger was the top female amateur in South Africa and was ranked No. 79 in the world in the World Amateur Golf rankings coming out of high school. She compiled 11 top-10 finishes during the spring of 2014.

At HPC Tussport High School, Kruger was named the women's golfer of the year and received both junior and senior South African National (Protea) Colors.

Laidlaw, a native of Calgary, Alberta, in Canada, won five tournaments and placed in the top three multiple times in high school. She captured the Canmore Open, firing a 68, and the MJT at Carstairs Golf Club, shooting a 153 (78-75). Laidlaw also won the Club Championship at Bearspaw (75) and finished second at the Alberta Junior Masters (75-73) in 2017. She took home the bronze medal at the 2016 Alberta Schools' Athletic Association Golf Provincials.

The South Dakota State women's golf team finished second at the 2017 Summit League Championship and won five regular-season titles. The Jackrabbits set the school record and led the Summit League in team stroke average in 2016-17.

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