Women's Golf Signs Two in Early Signing Period

Rachel Johnson on National Signing Day

Rachel Johnson on National Signing Day

Nov. 21, 2012

CINCINNATI - Xavier women's golf head coach Tom Elfers has announced the signing of two current high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to play golf at XU beginning in the fall of 2013. Grace Howie from Calgary, Alberta, and Rachel Johnson from Nashville, Tenn., are the newest members of the Xavier women's golf program.

"I am proud to announce the signing of NLIs of Grace Howie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Rachel Johnson from Nashville, Tenn., to join our team in 2013-14," commented Elfers. "Both Grace and Rachel are experienced players who will bring a hard work ethic and excellent athletic and academic abilities to our family at Xavier. We are very excited to have them commit to Xavier."

Howie won the 2011 Canadian Nike Junior Golf Championship and both the 2010 and 2011 City of Ottawa (Ontario) High School Golf Championships. She was a member of the Team Canada that captured the 2011 Stephen Ames Cup. In 2012, Howie placed second at an AJGA Pre-Season event held in Farmington, Pa., and also at a FCWT Junior Golf Tour event held at Doral in Miami, Fla. She placed 38th as a junior playing in the 2012 Canadian Women's Amateur Golf Championship, shooting four solid rounds in the 70s. Howie is a former competitive snowboarder who is now a certified snowboard instructor and teaches snowboarding in her off-season. She recently moved from Ottawa, Ontario to Calgary, Alberta where she attends the Edge School for Athletes.

Johnson is a Nashville, Tenn., native attending Franklin Road Academy. She is a four-year letter recipient and a 2012 TSSAA Individual State Champion. In 2011 Johnson placed fifth in the state championship, earning All-State Honors both years. She helped lead her team to state titles in 2010 and 2012. Johnson was named Team Captain and Team MVP in both 2011 and 2012. This past summer, she finished fourth out 55 players in the Tennessee Girl's Junior Amateur Championship. Johnson is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is involved in the First Tee Organization in Nashville.