April 28, 2011
Vanderbilt women’s golf coach Greg Allen has announced the signing of Irina Gabasa to a National Letter of Intent, and will be eligible to compete for the Commodores beginning in the fall of 2011.
Gabasa, who is currently ranked 22nd overall as a junior and ninth in the class of 2011 by Golfweek, joins Kendall Martindale in the 2011 class. Martindale, from Jefferson City, Tenn., is also a nationally recognized recruit; Golfweek has Martindale ranked 29th overall and 12th in the class of 2011.
“We are thrilled to sign Irina and feel like we have a world-class player,” said Allen. “She and Kendall Martindale should get here in the fall and make an immediate impact on this program.”
Gabasa, from Mandaue City, Philippines, has a solid junior resume, both in the United States and in the Philippines. Gabasa captured the 2010 Bubba Conlee National Junior Championship in Bartlett, Tenn., with a total of 212 (69-71-72). She has also won medalist honors at the 2007 Cris Riley Junior in San Diego, Calif., the 2008 Asean Schools Junior Golf Championship in Bali, Indonesia, the 2008 Santa Lucia Golf Tournament in the Philippines, and won the Philippine Amateur Open Championship in 2010 as a 15-year old.
A member of the Philippine National Team and an AJGA All-American, Gabasa has numerous other top five finishes on the junior circuit, including second-place finishes at the 2008 Philippine Amateur Open Championship as a 13-year old, the 2009 AJGA Junior All-Star at Penn State and also at Spring Creek, Virginia, as well as a second-place finish at the 18th SICC Junior Invitational in Singapore.
Gabasa was also named a CEBU Sportswriter's Association Major Awardee for Golf in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and owns the Philippine Ladies Open official competitive course record at seven-under par, 65, in January of 2010.
Vanderbilt returns its entire roster in 2011-12 except for Megan Grehan, who will graduate with a degree in May. The 2011 team was recently selected as a participant in the NCAA East Regional in Daytona Beach, Fla.