Nov. 13, 2011

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s golf head coach Susan Holt has announced the signing of two student-athletes to national letters-of-intent to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2012. Joining the Irish roster next fall are Talia Campbell (Dallas, Texas) and Lindsey Weaver (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

In making the announcement, Holt said, “We are very excited about adding Talia and Lindsey to our lineup for the next four years. This is the top class we’ve ever recruited and Lindsey is the highest rated individual golfer we’ve had decide to attend Notre Dame. They are both very talented golfers and will have an impact on the program very early.”

Both golfers are ranked among the top junior golfers in the nation and have impressive resumes full of accolades to back their high rankings.

Talia Campbell is in her senior season at Ursuline Academy of Dallas College Prep where she has helped lead her school to three consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 5A state titles, winning the individual title in 2010 and 2011. Campbell is a three-time all-state selection and in the national junior rankings is ranked 29th by the Junior Golf Scoreboard that ranks all tournaments played, 15th in the Junior Golfweek rankings and 32nd in the Polo golf rankings.

During the 2010-11 season she competed in nine American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments, finishing in the top 10 five times and the top five four times, and was the winner of the 2011 Randy Wise Junior Open played at the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., where she bested a field of 24 players with a 54-hole mark of 216. She also won that tournament in 2009.

For the 2011 season, Campbell has a 75.00 average for 12 rounds in 2011 AJGA tournaments. She was selected as a 2011 Hewlett Packard AJGA Scholastic All-American, an honor that represents her strengths in the classroom and on the golf course, and was an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American in 2011.

Campbell is the daughter of John and Tanya Campbell of Dallas, Texas, and has one brother, JC.

“Talia reached out to us a very young age and we’ve been watching her for the last three years,” said Holt, now in her sixth season as head coach at Notre Dame.

“She has always loved Notre Dame and is very excited to come here and we’re excited to have her.”

According to Holt, Campbell accomplished a dream by getting a scholarship to play for the Irish.

“When Talia was eight, she played soccer and told her grandmother she was going to come to Notre Dame someday. Her grandmother told her if she could make it to Notre Dame that she would pay for her tuition,” related the Irish coach.

“Talia told her grandmother she wouldn’t have to pay the tuition because she was going to get a scholarship. I think it’s a great accomplishment to achieve a goal like that at such a young age. She is going to do a lot for us during her four years.”

Lindsey Weaver is in her final year of high school at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Ariz., and brings impressive credentials to Notre Dame.

She is currently ranked third nationally in the Junior Golf Scoreboard, seventh in the Golfweek Junior Golf rankings and 20th in the Polo golf rankings. In eight AJGA tournaments this past season she had seven top 10 finishes with five top fives and two tournament championships. Her titles included winning the 2011 Stonehenge Junior Open in Winona Lake, Ind., last August with a nine-under par 204. In July, she went wire-to-wire to win the MacArthur Towel and Sports Future Legends with a three-under par 210. In 24 rounds this season, she owns a 70.88 stroke average in AJGA Tournaments.

Weaver was selected as a 2011 Hewlett Packard AJGA Scholastic All-American and was a second team Rolex Junior All-American to cap her 2010-11 season.

In September, she also was selected to the Ping Junior Solheim Cup team where she played a key role in helping the United States retain the Cup. In opening day action, Weaver lost in foursomes and then won her fourball match. On the final day, in the singles, she clinched the United States’ 12th point with a 2 and 1 win over England’s Charley Hull.

Weaver has played junior golf for the last six years and has her name throughout the AJGA record book. She is tied for 14th all-time with seven career wins and is tied for first for most years with a win (6) and consecutive years with a win (6). Those records tie her with current pros Vicki Goetze and Grace Park.

She is the daughter of Craig and Sandra Weaver and has an older sister, Lauren, who currently plays golf at Northwestern.

“Lindsey reached out to us last September and showed a lot of interest in Notre Dame while we were recruiting her. She’s a fun player to watch on the golf course. She’s super competitive and brings a great deal of talent with her game. For her, the sky is the limit,” said Holt.

“Being selected to play in the Junior Solheim Cup in September speaks volumes of her talent and ability when it comes to playing in that type of environment. We are thrilled to have her. She is a great addition to our squad.”

The addition’s of Campbell and Weaver mark the fifth consecutive highly touted recruiting class that Holt and assistant Kyle Lynne Veltri have brought to Notre Dame.