November 14, 2016

Ohio State Adds a Pair During Signing Week


Nov. 14, 2016


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s golf program grew by two this past week as Alanis Sakuma and Sofia Seldemirova put pen to paper and signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers as Buckeyes.

Alanis Sakuma | Kapolei, Hawaii | Island Pacific Academy
• Represented Hawaii in the Asia Pacific Junior Cup, serving as team captain
• Has also represented Hawaii in the Mary Cave Cup and Girls’ Junior Americas Cup
• Qualified for the Big “I” twice, placing 19th in the 2016 event
• Qualified for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association Michelle Wie Tournament of Champions six times
• Won back-to-back Turtle Bay Amateurs (2015, 2016)
• Daughter of Natsuko Sakuma and Dewayne Barnes
• Also lettered on the basketball court
• Intends to major in aviation

“We are thrilled to add two new players our Lady Buckeye Golf Team for the Fall of 2017,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach, said. “Alanis is an excellent student and an athletically gifted player. She has competed all over the world and has quite a bit of tournament experience in Hawaii and in mainland US. She has great abilities and we look forward to assisting her to develop her game the next four years.”

Sofia Seldemirova | Sofia, Bulgaria | Russian School
• Bulgarian National Team player since 2013
• Two-time Bulgarian National Junior Championship winner (2015, 2016)
• Two-time Croatian International Ladies Championship winner (2015, 2016)
• 2016 Austrian International Junior Challenge champion
• Won the World Junior Golf Series’ American Junior in 2016
• First place at the 2014 Bulgarian International Ladies Championship
• Daughter of Elena Yurkova and Sergey Seldemirov
• Intends to major in business marketing

“Sofia joins us from Bulgaria, and brings an excellent academic and golfing profile to our team. She has a lot of international golf experience, determination, and a relentless work ethic. She will be a steady performer with a great desire to get better and make all team members around her better as well.”