Jones and Tom sign on as Cougar golfers
Women's Golf - Wed, Jul. 5, 2017
Brandi Jones was a three-sport varsity athlete during her high school career as a member of the golf, tennis and swimming teams.
She looks forward to focusing on golf and becoming a Cougar, "I look forward to being part of a team where we encourage one another and push each other to reach our full potential. I am also excited to have the opportunity to focus on one sport, compared to doing three in high school, to see how much I can improve and what I can accomplish."
In golf, Jones earned Most Valuable Athlete and First Team All-Conference all four years. She qualified for regionals in her final three years and became a state qualifier in her second year. In grades 11 and 12 Jones was an Academic All-Conference in golf and in grade 12 she earned
Her senior year, Jones was named team captain and was the Little City Junior Golf Tour Champion on the Peru Golf Course and Little City Junior Golf Tour Runner-Up at the Honeywell and Tipton Golf Courses.
Off the course Jones was also a member of National Honor Society from her sophomore to senior years, Students Against Destructive Decisions her senior year and was a blood drive volunteer during her junior and senior years.
She included community involvement when making her decision to attend IU Kokomo, "I want to receive an Indiana University degree while staying close to my childhood home. I do not want to stray too far from Peru because I want to give back to the community that has done so much for me."
"Brandi will make an immediate impact when she joins the team. She has state-level competition experience which will benefit her in her inaugural year of college golf. Being a three sport athlete she knows how important a functioning team is," Head Coach Julie Wagner commented on Jones' addition.
Coming from Carmel High School, Mattie Tom plans to major in Biochemistry and graduate in 2021 while playing golf for the Cougars.
"The people and updated campus made the decision for me. I was treated very kind by the lady Cougars during my meeting with the women's golf team. I wanted to be a part of a team and student body vs. fierce competition at every level. I was impressed with the way I was treated from my first greeting," Tom commented on what drew her to IU Kokomo, "The modern feel of the classrooms, technology, equipment and library was superior to all the other schools I had visited. Every staff member gave me the feeling that I was welcome and they would help me achieve academic success. The coaches and administrative staff assured me that I would be a student and not just a number."
Along with playing golf for three years in high school, Tom was also involved in the Carmel Mayor's Youth Council, choir, radio (WHJE 91.3) and Tassel Club which teaches youth in Cambodia how to read and speak English using technology.
During these activities Tom earned Advanced Orchestra (ISSMA Gold with Distinction) and Vocal Solo (ISSMA Gold, CHS Class Award) honors while also becoming a regional finalist in Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook.
"Mattie has a great attitude and desires to improve her game. Coming from a large high school she understands that to succeed, one must put in time and effort in practicing when you are up against a large field of teammates," Coach Wagner said of Tom's mental approach to the game.
Tom looks forward to becoming a member of the team this upcoming fall, "I am excited to be playing golf with other ladies that have a passion for the game and building a solid team spirit. I am looking forward to representing IU Kokomo with class, dignity and combining our talents. I believe the Cougars I met have positive dispositions and a desire to win. I am grateful for the opportunity to become a part of their team, and I am hoping my skills will help them achieve the coach's mission."
The IU Kokomo Women's Golf team will round out their roster with the addition of two more members before beginning competition this fall.