Portales High senior Tylar Rowley has signed a national letter of intent to play golf next year at Lubbock Christian University.
Rowley finished a solid senior season at PHS by tying for sixth place and earning a medal at the recent Class 1A-3A state golf tournament in Albuquerque, helping the Lady Rams to a third-place team finish.
LCU was ranked No. 7 this season in the NAIA, and the Lady Chaps finished seventh earlier this month in the NAIA national golf tournament at Greenville, Tenn.
“We’re competing at a high level in the NAIA,” LCU coach John Dansby said.
Rowley has the ability to be a competitive golfer at the collegiate level, he added.
“She’s got a lot of potential,” Dansby said. “She has the basics that we can develop.”
The Lady Chaps are graduating three of their top six players.
“We look at her as a diamond in the rough,” Dansby said of Rowley. “As she matures, we can help increase her length off the tee and work with her short game. I think she’ll fit in real well with us.”
PHS coach Loy Hampton said Rowley was perhaps the Lady Rams’ most consistent player this season.
“The thing I’ll remember about Tyler is that she’s like a little bulldog,” he said. “She’s a battler. She tried to be a team leader this year and she did a good job of that.
“I think Tyler will do good if she wants to play golf and gets in with their off-season program.”