OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 8, 2013) – India Matthews, a junior golf standout in her native Australia, has enrolled at Oklahoma Christian and will join OC’s women’s team, coach Greg Lynn said Tuesday.
Matthews, from Queensland, will be immediately eligible to compete for the Lady Eagles, with plans to start playing in the fall 2013 campaign, Lynn said.
Lynn said he’s never seen Matthews play, but that she comes highly recommended from two Australians who now play for OC’s golf teams – Catherine Odgers and Jared Consoli.
“Cat played with her and said she hits the ball well and has a strong short game,” Lynn said. “From what I have heard, I expect that she will compete and play next fall, making our team much more competitive.”
According to the website www.golfgrinder.com, Matthews is believed to be the first indigenous Australian female to play college golf in the U.S.
At age 13 in 2008, Matthews won the Queensland Indigenous women’s championship. She won Australia’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Championship in Melbourne, Victoria, this past November by 56 shots.
She was a four-time qualifier for the Greg Norman Junior Masters event (named after one of Australia’s most famous golfers) and has played in both the Australian Amateur and Australian Junior Girls Championships. As of December, she was ranked 44th in the Golf Australia Amateur Open Women’s rankings.
Last month, she played alongside Odgers in the Port Phillip Open Amateur in Australia, a tournament that served as a qualifier for the Victorian Amateur Championship.