IU women’s golf signed two international players, Lydia Cryer and Áine Donegan, on National Signing Day Wednesday.
“I am expecting both Áine and Lydia to bring some depth and firepower to our lineup,” head coach Clint Wallman said.
Donegan is a native of Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, and originally signed her national letter of intent last year but has reclassified to join the team next fall. Donegan holds the No. 153 spot in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Donegan competed on behalf of her country, being a member of the 2018-19 Ireland Girls European Championship Team. She has also had success in individual events, winning the 2019 Carlow Scratch Cup and the 2019 Lahinch Vaughan Scratch Cup.
“Áine has had the unique opportunity to refine her world class game this year due to the pandemic, and I am looking for her to jump right in and make an immediate impact to the program,” Wallman said.
Cryer, a native of Burnley, England, attended Unity College where she was named 2019-20 Sportswoman of the Year. She also held the No. 1 ranking in the Independent Schools Golf Association.
“Lydia will bring a huge game to IU as a freshman," Wallman said. "Her high-level international experience will be a big plus as she transitions into college.”
Cryer competed for England in an international under-16 match against Switzerland, helping her team secure a 4.5 - 1.5 victory.
"I am excited to become a Hoosier because I've always wanted to go to college in America and as soon as I looked at IU I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for," said Cryer. "There was no doubt in my mind that it was where I was supposed to be. I can't wait to join the Hoosier family next year!"