Women’s Golf Signs Two Ranked in Top 50 of Golfweek for Their Class
Bean and Li set to join Denver in 2018-19
Nov. 17, 2017
DENVER – University of Denver women’s golf head coach Lindsay Kuhle announced the addition of two golfers for the 2018-19 year on Friday. Trussy Li and Alyson Bean are set to continue their academic and athletic careers next season with the Pioneers.
“Kolton and I look for these two players to step into the lineup and make a major impact on our team next year,” Kuhle said. “They all possess the things we look for in all recruits -- competitiveness, athleticism, academic success, and the passion to continue to improve and be one of the best golfers in college golf. They all will fit in beautifully with our culture and Kolton and I are excited for them to become part of our Pio family.”
Li will join the Pioneers from Diamond Bar, Calif. where she attends Walnut High School. The future freshman chose DU because of the excellence in academics and in athletics. She also loved the tradition that the program has had in helping former players turn professional. The 5-foot-6 golfer has been an all-academic and all-state selection while competing in her high-school career.
The Diamond Bar, Calif. native recorded four top-five finishes in 2017 in the AJGA this past summer. Her team finished second in the state after winning the team title as a junior. She finished tied for second at the Hale Irwin Colorado Junior by Transamerica. Li also took third at the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior and the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes.
“Trussy impressed Kolton and I the day we met her and saw her play at the AJGA here in Colorado,” Kuhle said. “She fired a 65 in the final round and placed second in a strong field here. She is an outstanding student and talented golfer who has the ability to go low any given day. She has played on the best high school team in California and knows what it takes to be a great team player and a leader of a successful team.
“She shot another 67 this past summer in Kansas and is one of the most consistent solid ball-strikers in her class. Her Walnut High School team just finished third at state and Trussy was top 25 individually. Last year her team won the California state title.”
Bean, a Murrieta, Calif. native, has been a standout performer at Vista Murrieta High School. The 5-foot-7 incoming freshman chose Denver because of the combination of high academics and great athletic success of the golf program. She was a three-time first-team all-league selection. Bean also won three league championships while at Vista Murrieta. She also posted the lowest nine-hole scoring average in school history at 36.7.
Bean also had a top-15 finish at the FCG Callaway World Championship with a three-day total of 221. She tied for first at the VJGA Open Championship in 2015. There were also two second-place finishes at the VJGA Junior Championship and VJGA Championship in 2016.
“Alyson is a competitive natural athlete and comes from an athletic family background,” Kuhle said. “Kolton was extremely impressed with her play and ball-striking ability when he watched her this summer. When she visited us this past year we knew right away what an impact she would make on our team because of her competitiveness, passion to learn and grow and for the game of golf.
“Alyson is a little under the radar and comes to us with a competitive background and terrific final season of play. She has a burning desire to be one of the best golfers in the country and work extremely hard to get there.”
Denver returns the course for the dual with defending national champion Arizona State on Jan. 28.
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