Women's Golf Signs Two International Standouts
Tatiana Wijaya and Katherine Zhu will enroll in fall 2014.
Nov. 20, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's golf coach Laurie Gibbs will add two young standouts to her roster in 2014-15, as she announced that Tatiana Wijaya of Indonesia and Katherine Zhu of China have signed national letters-of-intent.
Wijaya, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, attended high school at Shenton College. She reached the round of 32 at the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur before falling to the eventual champion. She also played in the 2012 event and was medalist at a qualifier in Lexington, N.C. Wijaya won the 2013 Northern Territory Amateur and the 2013 Elvies Whiteside Tasmanian Amateur. She represented Indonesia at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games and was both an individual and team champion. She has also lived in Perth, Australia, and was coached at the David Milne Golf Academy.
"We are very excited to add Tatiana to our roster next year," Gibbs said. "She has been very successful competing in tournaments all over the world. She is a dedicated young lady and will be a wonderful teammate."
Said Wijaya: "Pepperdine has the environment and community that will allow me to become a better individual. The type of coaches there are ones that I will enjoy working with. And, of course, Pepperdine has high academic standards and great athletics."
Zhu, who hails from Chengdu, China, last attended Zhuji Private High School. She was the overall girls' champion at the 2013 Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship and also was the medalist at the 2013 SCPGA Jack Kramer Memorial and the 2013 FCG Collegiate Series at PGA West.
"Katherine is a very dedicated young lady who has tremendous athletic talent in numerous sports," Gibbs said. "She has focused on golf the last three years and quickly achieved tremendous success in tournaments. She is a wonderful young lady who will be a great addition to our team."
Said Zhu: "I chose Pepperdine University because it has an impressive golf team and excellent academics. I also really like Coach Gibbs. She is a great person that I will love to have in my life! My goal is to play professional in the future and so Pepperdine has all the qualities -- weather, environment, people -- to help me succeed."
After a successful fall season where the Waves (ranked sixth by Golfweek/Sagarin and 11th by Golfstat) won both the Dick McGuire Invitational and the Golfweek Conference Challenge, the team will resume play in the spring at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in nearby Palos Verdes, Calif., on February 9-11.