UMKC women’s golf recently signed three rising Kansas high school stars with the additions of Megan Lucas, Kenni Henson and Hayley Jones.
“We have been fortunate to have a great group of student-athletes to coach the last few years, but we will graduate four seniors in 2018,” Head Coach Brianna Broderick said. “It was necessary for us to recruit a foundation for the next four years, and we are excited that we have found three promising student-athletes close to home.”
Megan Lucas from Topeka, Kan., was the Kansas 6A individual title winner in 2016. Her 2017 fall season was a solid performance with her team winning eight straight events and a second consecutive team state title. Lucas won the Centennial League title and recorded a top-10 finish at the state tournament. Lucas is also a multi-sport athlete and president of the student body at Washburn Rural High School.
“When we had the opportunity to watch Megan play, we knew she would be a great fit for our program because she is a naturally gifted athlete who loves to compete,” Broderick said. “Megan’s improvement throughout the 2016-2017 season has us excited about her potential and we feel that her best golf still lies in front of her at UMKC.”
Kenni Henson, from Derby, Kan., had an outstanding 2017 golf season including being medalist in four consecutive events. Henson won the 6A regional title in Topeka placed seventh at the state tournament. At Derby, Henson is a two-sport athlete.
“Kenni has outstanding talent and has taken it to a new level in 2017,” Broderick noted. “We are excited to see where she will take it here at UMKC.”
Hayley Jones is another rising talent from Andover, Kan. Jones has a strong upside potential that was shown when she won the 2017 5A regional championship in Pittsburg, Kan., and finished tied for fifth at the 5A state championship. Hayley is also a two-sport athlete at Andover High School.
“Hayley is an intelligent young lady who has the passion to learn and grow both academically and athletically,” Broderick said. “Hayley has made a tremendous jump in her game in 2017 and we look forward to her continuing her improvement at UMKC.”
“All three of these young ladies will be the foundation for the UMKC Women’s program for the next four years.,” Broderick finished. “We are excited about the direction of the program in 2018 and beyond and will continue to recruit student-athletes who will excel both on the course and in the classroom. We believe our future is very bright here at UMKC, and it’s a great time to be a Roo.”