Missouri State women's golf coach Kevin Kane has announced the addition of three high school standouts to his team for the 2018-19 season. Kane has received signed commitments from Faith Belmear of Owasso, Okla.; Allison Bray of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Abby Cavaiani of Wales, Wis.
Belmear was named the Tulsa All-World Golfer of the Year this past summer and is ranked seventh in the state in a deep 2018 class by National Junior Golf Scoreboard. She placed third individually at the Oklahoma Class 6A state tournament after leading her Owasso High team to its second consecutive state title. She won the regional championship and three other high tournaments as a junior. Belmear finished fifth at state as a sophomore and was named first team all-metro and all-conference as a sophomore. She also qualified for the national Big I Tournament in 2016.
Bray is coming off a runnerup finish at the Missouri Class 1 state tournament last month as her team won its second straight title. She is the Notre Dame High 18-hole record holder with a 64, and a four-time all-district and all-state selection, having placed third at state as a junior, sixth as a sophomore and eighth as a freshman. Bray tied for fifth at the Missouri Junior Amateur this past summer, finished 13th at the State Amateur and tied for ninth at the Prairie Invitational.
Cavaiani is the top-ranked player in Wisconsin for 2018, according to NJGS. She was named 2017 state Player of the Year by the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association and Wisconsin Junior PGA. She also captured the Wisconsin Junior Tour Championship and Junior PGA Championship, while finishing 40th of 150 players at the National Junior PGA Championship. Cavaiani also fired an all-time Wisconsin high school record 60 (-12) at her conference championship. She finished second at state as a senior and sixth as a junior for Kettle Moraine High.
"I feel really good about this recruiting class. I think it's a strong class and I'm excited about what they can bring to our program," Kane said. "They have lots of tournament experience and a strong work ethic when it comes to their game. I'm expecting them to make an immediate impact on our program."
The Bears just wrapped up their fall season with a win last week at the Little Rock Classic. They'll open up the spring at the Rio Verde Invitational, Feb. 23-25.