Two Ink to Play at BYU

Dixie High senior Kelsey Vines was one of two high school seniors to commit to be Cougars in 2009.

PROVO -- Kelsey Vines, from St. George and Annika Afoa, from Murray, Utah have signed letters of intent to play at BYU, announced women’s golf head coach Sue Nyhus.

The two highly recruited prep golfers have had outstanding high school careers, and will look to continue that success and winning tradition in college while competing with the Cougar women’s golf team.

“Both of these outstanding athletes will be a great addition to our women’s golf program,” said coach Nyhus. “They have a good understanding of the level at which we compete, and what we expect from them.”

Vines began competing in Texas her freshman year where she had a second place individual state finish. She was named a Future Collegiate Tour All-American, of which she is still a member. While on the Dixie High School boy’s team, she earned All-State honors her sophomore season. That same year, she won the girls individual state title, although it was not yet a sanctioned sport for girls.

In her junior year, girl’s golf was finally sanctioned and she led the Dixie Flyer girl’s team to their first ever Utah State Girl’s Golf Team Championship in 4 and 5A combined. And, she’s also the younger sister of former standout, Daphne Vines. Her brother Rawley played on the BYU men’s team in 2004.

The blue-chip recruit is currently ranked as the No. 85 golfer for 2009 based on the Junior Golf Scoreboard’s individual rankings. She’s also competed in Jr. World events along with USGA events.

“Kelsey brings a wealth of experience from competing in the American Junior Golf Association,” Nyhus commented. “She’s one of the best young golfers in the country and we are fortunate to have another member of the Vines family join our BYU golf family.”

Afoa, who prepped at Murray High School, also put together an impressive high school career and has ties to the BYU golf program. She finished second in the 2008 Utah Golf Association player performance rankings for the 2009 graduating class. She is the niece of former Cougar Lachell Simmons Poffenberger.

“Annika is a very strong golfer that has great potential to improve,” Nyhus said. “We are excited she has decided to join the Cougars. It's great to see the quality athletes that are coming out of the Utah high school golf program."

Afoa was awarded the Cleo Branca Award from the Utah Junior Golf Association, given to the young man or woman who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship and conduct during their years in the organization. She represented Utah at the Junior America’s Cup, helping the state to a 15th-place finish.

She was named to the Zions Bank All-Junior team by the UJGA and led Murray High to a fourth-place finish at the 2008 state championships.

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