PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women’s golf team announced three members to its 2021 signing class on Thursday (Jan. 28), as Emily Caldwell, Madelyn Gamble and Sarah Skovgaard Bils have each signed their National Letters of Intent to play for the Cougars beginning this fall.
“We are so excited about our 2021 Class,” expressed WSU women’s golf head coach Kelli Kamimura. “Madelyn, Sarah and Emily are exceptional additions to the program. They each bring great energy and experience on the golf course, in the classroom and in day-to-day life. Their love of golf, dedication to getting one-day better every day, and excitement to become Cougs, has made the recruiting process even more exciting. I can’t wait for them to get to Pullman.”
Emily Cadwell will come to the Palouse from nearby Boise, Idaho, where she is currently a senior at Boise High School. Cadwell finished second as a freshman at the Idaho Women’s Golf 5A State Championships, then followed up with a third-place finish at the Idaho state championship as a sophomore. Cadwell was poised for another top-three finish at the Idaho 5A State Championship this past spring, but the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her career-best round score in high school is 68.
“We first met Emily at our junior camp many years ago. Even then she immediately stood out as someone who is very caring, committed to reaching their full potential, and is willing to give maximum effort in all they do,” Kamimura said of Caldwell. “She is a multi-sport athlete (in high school) and had a successful prep golf career. She had represented Idaho in the Girls Junior America’s Cup and has had many other successes competing throughout the US. Emily has a great personality and it has been fun to watch her grow over the last few years. We can’t wait for her to begin her collegiate golf career at WSU.”
Emily is the daughter of Dave and Kim Cadwell and she has one younger brother, Cameron. Her father played golf for four years at the University of Puget Sound. Cadwell is also a member of the National Honors Society and is a two-time recipient of the Boise High School Brave Award. She intends to major in Business Marketing at Washington State.
Madelyn Gamble brings in a heap of championship experience to the Cougs, as the Pleasant Hill, California native won the 2020 Northern California Golf Association Junior Championship. Gamble is currently a senior at Carondelet High School, where she is a three-team EBAL varsity golf first-team selection. The future Coug collected a runner-up finish at the 2020 California Women’s Championship. She also qualified for both the 2019 USGA Girls Junior Championship, where she finished tied for 17th, and the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship, where she placed 33rd overall. Gamble was named the 2019 Northern California Junior Player of the Year and was selected by Sportstars Magazine as one of the top 10 golfers in Northern California from 2010-2020. She ranked 75th women’s junior golfer in the United States according to the AJGA Rolex Rankings.
“Madelyn has a warm personality and is dedicated to becoming the best that she can be on the golf course, in the classroom and in everyday life,” said Kamimura. “She brings a wealth of competitive experience and success to WSU. She is one of the few junior golfers in the nation who has qualified to play in both the USGA Girls Junior and the USGA Women’s Amateur. While Madelyn’s competitive resume is impressive, what has really stood out is who she is as a person. She has been a joy to get to know throughout the recruiting process and we can’t wait to have her in Pullman competing for WSU.”
She is the daughter of Dan Gamble, and she has one younger sister Morgan. She is currently undecided on a major at WSU.
Sarah Skovgaard Bils comes to Pullman from Virum, Denmark and brings top-level international experience to the Cougs, as she is a member of the Danish Junior National women’s golf team. Skovgaard Bils has captured a quartet of tournament championships during her junior career, as she has won the Lyngbygaard Junior Open, the Ping Masters, the Royal Junior Ynglinge Open and won the 2017 Danish team championships. During her junior career, Skovgaard Bils has posted a scoring average of 72.8, while her career-best round score is 68 (-4). She is currently ranked seventh in Denmark’s National U18 ranking.
“Sarah has a great spirit and is a very hard worker who strives for excellence in everything she does,” expressed Kamimura. “She has competed throughout Europe and is a member of the Danish Junior National Team. Sarah has had a successful junior career, and it has been fun to watch her steadily improve over the course of her career. She has been so much fun to get to know and she will be a great addition to the team. We can’t wait for Sarah to get to Pullman and to continue her academic and athletic career in the United States representing WSU.”
She is the daughter of Carsten Wulff Skovgaard and Annemette Bils. She has one younger brother, Alex. She intends to major in Sport Management at Washington State.
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