Nov. 21, 1997
USC Men's Golf Team Signs Kevin Stadler; Women of Troy Sign Two Prep Stars
LOS ANGELES -- Three exceptional high school golfers, Kevin Stadler of Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colo., Leila Chartrand of Lambrick Park Secondary School in Victoria, B.C. and Yon Yim of Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif., signed letters of intent with USC, director of golf Kurt Schuette announced today.
"We had an exceptional recruiting year on both the men's and women's sides," said Schuette, who oversees both programs. "These recruiting classes will be considered among the Top 5 nationally. We're excited about Kevin Stadler joining our men's program. He comes in with some impressive junior golf credentials. Leila Chartrand and Yon Yim will be tremendous additions to our women's program and are both top AJGA performers and top-ranked high school All Americans." Stadler, the son of former Trojan and current PGA star Craig Stadler (the 1982 Masters champion), won the Junior World Championship this past July. Last month, he won the Colorado High School state championship. Stadler is a second-team 1997 AJGA Rolex All-American. "We're excited about Kevin continuing his family's tradition of Trojan heritage," Schuette said. "We feel that he adds not only great playing credentials, but he also is an intelligent student who brings much more to the table than just his golf ability. We feel he will add to our team chemistry, which will help propel us into the upper echelon of college golf."
Chartrand is ranked at No. 20 in the Titleist/Golfweek national rankings for junior girls. She was a Top 5 finisher in three events this past season, including a second-place finish at the AJGA PING Phoenix Tournament and a fifth-place showing at the 1997 Canadian Junior Amateur. During the summer she qualified to play in the USGA Junior Amateur. Chartrand also competes on the Lambrick Park girls volleyball team. "We are excited about Leila not only for her playing ability," Schuette said, "but she also has the spirit and fight of a Trojan. Leila will be a good fit on our team and will help inspire others on the squad to compete at a higher level."
Yim, who is originally from Korea, won the AJGA's Ashworth/Golfweek Tournament in Carlsbad this past August, scoring an ace on Aviara Golf Club's signature par-3 hole and winding up with a round of 68. She also had two third-place finishes at the 1997 Farr and Above Junior Classic and the IZZO Colorado Junior Round-Up. Yim has also been named the Player of the Year on the All-Southern California Junior Team. "We evaluated Yon to be the best player in this year's recruiting class out of Southern California," Schuette said. "We also feel that her exceptional ball striking ability and fundamentals will allow her to make an immediate impact on our women's program next year."