Farnsworth Signs Three in Early Signing Period

By Jared Verner published December 3, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Colorado Colorado Springs Head Women's Golf Coach Sadie Farnsworth is excited to announce the signing of three student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period last month. Andrea Ballou, Alex Darwin and Michelle Romano will join the Mountain Lion squad in the fall of 2015.

Ballou, a senior from Castle Rock, Colo., finished eighth in the Colorado Class 4 championships last spring for state runner-up Valor Christian High School.  She led the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the regional championships last season and finished eighth individually in the region. Ballou finished in the top five in six summer tournaments in 2013 and a two-year member of the Valor Christian Honor Roll.

"Andrea will be a strong asset to our team next year," Farnsworth said. "I watched her last spring at the state tournament and was very impressed at her ability to lead. As an underclassman she was a key figure in Valor Christian's second place run at the state tournament where she finished top 10 individually. She continued her impressive finishes all summer long at the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour. We are excited to have her at UCCS and expect great things from her."

Darwin led La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M., to the state 5A championship in the 2013 spring season and finished seventh individually at the championships. She was the district individual champion and led the Bears in scoring average. Darwin is also a member of the National English Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, is active in student government and competed at the state DECA competition for three consecutive years. 

"Alex brings a lot of athleticism and determination to the golf course," Farnsworth said. "She has only been taking golf seriously for the past couple of years and already has demonstrated the ability to compete near the top of a majority of the tournaments she competes in. She has a great swing, learns quickly and has great upside. Alex is a very positive person and we are very excited that she will be joining our team at UCCS next fall."

Romano finished in the top 10 of the Colorado 5A state championships last spring at Rock Canyon. She had the third-best round of any golfer at the state tournament. Romano has finished in the top 40 in her first three trips to the state championships and has been of member of two teams that placed in the top five of the state tournament.

"Michelle has an effortless swing that has a lot of power too," Farnsworth said. "She has qualified for the 5A state tournament in Colorado in each of her first three seasons at Rock Canyon. She was a top 10 finisher last season at the state tournament. I expect her to continue to improve through her senior season and carry that momentum over to UCCS next fall."

The Mountain Lions completed their inaugural fall season in 2013, and will continue with the spring season on April 1 at the Regis Invitational in Lakewood, Colo.

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