University of Missouri-St. Louis Director of Golf Operations Troy Halterman has announced the addition of Madison DeRousse (Arnold, Mo.) and the signing of Lucille Lambert (Jodoigne, Belgium) and Sofia Maxen (Kungalv, Sweden) to national letters of intent, with all three joining the Tritons’ women’s program beginning with the 2018-19 academic year.
DeRousse comes to UMSL after one season at Alabama State University, where she owned a scoring average of 81.36, recording four top-10 finishes, including a tie for fourth place at the SWAC Championships to earn First Team All-Conference honors. She helped the Lady Hornets to the SWAC team title.
DeRousse prepped at Ste. Genevieve High School, where she was the Missouri State Class 1 runner-up as a senior and earned all-state, all-sectional and all-district honors. She is also a two-time Gateway Section Junior PGA Champion (2016, 2017), a two-time Junior PGA Championship participant (2016, 2017), a three-time Gateway Cobra Puma Junior Cup Matches Team Member (2015, 2016, 2017) and a three-time Mid-America Junior Cup Team Member (2014, 2015, 2016).
“Madison is a local player who we are excited to have transfer home to UMSL after a year away at a DI school,” said Halterman. “She had an outstanding junior career in the area and will already have one year of college experience under her belt when she arrives. This should make her transition to UMSL even quicker than a typical new player. She is a strong competitor and very hard worker.”
Lambert is a multi-sport athlete, who also excels at volleyball in her home country of Belgium. On the course, she has won several tournaments and has won six straight Home Club Tournaments. In 2018 she was runner-up at the King’s Prize and in 2016 and 2017 was runner-up at the Ladies National Matchplay. Her average score in her last 10 rounds is 77.
“Lucille has played in many of the biggest junior events in Europe already and has finished well,” said Halterman. “She is a very athletic player with good fundamentals who should adapt quickly to golf in the United States.”
Maxen earned a first place finish in the Junior Masters Invitational qualifying tournament to qualify for the Swedish final. She also claimed a win on the Skandia tour on a national level and recorded three second place finishes. Maxes played on the Skandia Tour Elite at least one time per year in each of the last three years. She also qualified for the national golf high school team in the Sweden Championship with scores of 73-74.
“Sofia joins us from Sweden and has an extensive junior resume,” said Halterman. “She is a long hitter who should adapt quickly to the college game when she arrives and be able to compete at once for playing time.”
The three join Amber Wilson (Camdenton, Mo.) and Alesia Gonzales (Tulsa, Okla.) who signed national letters of intent in November.
UMSL is coming off a program-best sixth place finish at the NCAA DII Championships this season.