CHICAGO – Under the direction of current Saint Xavier University men's golf coach Mike Mandakas, the SXU women's golf team recently added its first three recruits helping to lead the new program into its first season of competition during the 2013-14 season. The trio consists of Taylor Thompson, Courtney Dudgeon and Katie Reno. Thompson hails from Knoxville, Ill., and had a standout prep career at Knoxville High School under the direction of Kendra Bolen. Dudgeon is a native of Sun Prairie, Wis., and played golf at Sun Prairie High School for head coach Rick Steele. Reno played golf for Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, Ill., under the direction of Mary McGivern and resides in Mokena, Ill.
Thompson is the daughter of Mike and Teresa Thompson of Knoxville. She was the 10th place individual finisher in both the 2011 and 2012 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class A State Finals and was named the 2012 Girl's Golfer of the Year by the Peoria Journal Star last November. Dudgeon was named to the 2012 Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Academic All-State Team and earned first team all-conference recognition in the Big Eight Conference as a junior in 2011 and senior in 2012. Reno helped lead a Lincoln-Way East squad that qualified for the IHSA Class AA State Finals in both 2011 and 2012. She was listed as one of the top girl's golfers in the Chicagoland area by the Chicago Sun Times last August.
"I'm very excited for this fall as we are expanding the golf program at Saint Xavier University with the addition of a women's golf team," said Mandakas. "With this group of three coming in, we have a very talented base to build from and I expect our team to compete very well right from the beginning."