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Buckeyes welcome Kendall Prince and Chantakan Chanpalangsri to team

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Therese Hession, head coach of the 25th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team, announced Tuesday she has signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Buckeyes will welcome Kendall Prince and Chantakan Chanpalangsri for the 2011-12 season.

“Kendall and Chantakan are both excellent players and will make an immediate impact on our team,” Hession, who is in her 20th season at Ohio State, said. “Kendall is driven and will work hard to continue improving her game. Chantankan is a natural and just loves to play. Both enjoy the fantastic academic and athletic atmosphere we have at Ohio State.”

Prince is from Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she attends Lakeridge High School. Ranked No. 49 by Golfweek and No. 53 by Polo Golf, the 5-foot-4 golfer earned two Golfweek Player of the Week awards last April. She is a three-time first-team all-state and first-team all-league selection as well as a Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) First Team All-American in 2010. Prince was the FCWT Co-Player of the Year for the West Region in 2010 after winning four of five tournaments that season. She also picked up her first AJGA win in Wenatchee, Wash., after rounds of 71-73-72 to win by three strokes.

At Lakeridge High School, Prince was undefeated during the 2010 regular season to earn the Three Rivers League Player of the Year award. She was district champion that year, never shot over par the entire season and was runner-up in the Oregon state championship after a third-place finish in 2009. Lakeridge finished third as a team in 2010 and second in 2009. Prince has earned a total of eight letters in high school while also competing in soccer and basketball.

Chanpalangsri is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, but attends St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla. She fired rounds of 68-69 to claim the 2010 Florida State High School title. Chanpalangsri also had two runner-up finishes during AJGA action in 2010, taking second Golf Pride Junior Classic and at the Accusport Championship after closing with a 68.