February 13, 2013

Yang picks William Penn for collegiate home

OSKALOOSA — William Penn women’s golf coach Nik Rule has announced the signing of Jing Yang to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the women’s golf program.

Jing, the daughter of Yonghong and Michael Sirota, is a resident of Woodland Hills, Calif., and will come to William Penn from El Camino Real Charter High School.

A two-time first-team all-conference player, Yang was honored as League MVP as a senior. She led her team to a pair of runner-up finishes at the Los Angeles City Section Championships and was second as an individual at the city championship as well. For her accomplishments, she received her high school’s Athlete of the Month award last November.

Yang also competed on the Southern California PGA Junior Players Tour during 2011 and 2012. She qualified for the Toyota Tour Cup Series last year as well.  While on the Players Tour last year, Yang won two events and placed in the top-five in three others.

An excellent scholar as well, Yang started a Leos Club, a junior group of the Lions Club, to help needy individuals in her community.

“I am very excited and looking forward to next fall, when I will join the William Penn women’s golf family,” Yang said. “Everyone I met on my informal visit to the William Penn campus was so nice and helpful. I cannot wait to be there.”

“I want to thank my parents for the support and encouragement they have given me,” Yang added. “I also want to thank my golf mentor Ms. Chris Lehmann Vatcher for her teaching and guidance. Everyone at the Westlake Golf Course has been so helpful to me from the course manager Mr. Chris Vatcher to every staff member at the course.”

“We are very excited to have Jing become a member of our program,” Rule said. “She is a great student-athlete who has such a solid game and has excelled at each level in which she has played. She has a very good perspective on life, has given back to her school and community, and understands the importance of being part of a team.  She is exactly the type of athlete who we strive to have join our program.”

“Another quality I like about Jing is that she works hard, and that is evident in not only her golf performance, but also what she has done in the classroom,” Rule said. “We firmly believe that a great work ethic in the classroom will lead to a great work ethic in life.  We want to succeed in everything we do here and she fits right into that vision.”

William Penn is ranked 24th in the NAIA’s preseason poll. The Lady Statesmen placed first in three tournaments and claimed three runner-up finishes during their fall season.

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