Head Utah Valley University women's golf coach Dr. Sue Nyhus announced on Wednesday that she signed Nathalie Irlbacher to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. Irlbacher will come to UVU in 2018-19 to play golf for the Wolverines.
"Nathalie is a strong international competitor who is eager to learn and eager to win. She has a great deal of international competitive experience," said Nyhus. "She is also a strong student in both German and in English. She has big dreams that match the goals of our team. We are so looking forward to watching her break a number of records."
Irlbacher, who hails from Moosinning, Germany, is a current senior at Korbinian Aigner Gymnasium. She will mark the third foreign player on UVU's current roster when she arrives on campus next season, as she'll join Fourqueux, France native Justine Lauer, as well as Caracas, Venezuela native Ana Raga.
Irlbacher, who currently holds a 77 scoring average, is ranked in top 40 in the German women's ranking, as well as inside the top 10 for the U18 girls. She has also notched titles at the 2016 Club Champion Ladies and Girls (78, 75, 73) and the Bavarian Girls Team Championship (79), as well as a second-place finish at the 2017 Bavarian State Championship (76, 77, 76). She has also posted a pair of runner-up finishes in international competition, as she finished second at the 2016 Austrian Girls Junior Championship (76, 85, 75) and second at the 2016 European Junior Girls by Tom Burnett (81,77,78). Irlbacher also recorded fourth-place finishes at the U16 Junior Girls Championship in 2016 (82,80,78) and the 2015 German Girls Team Championship (83).
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.