Ladies Golf Adds Four To Bolster 05-06 Squad
Thursday, April 28, 2005

Ken Dupree

SHREVEPORT – Centenary Head Coach Ken Dupree has signed four more women’s golfers to National Letters of Intent, raising the number of incoming freshman to five.   Bethany Cox, Jessica Garza, Elizabeth Lyles, and Leigh Newton bolster a promising Ladies team for the next four years.


A native of Ruston, La., Cox attended Cedar Creek High School.


“Bethany is going to be a good fit for what we have planned for the team,” said Coach Dupree. “She has a good work ethic and is very coachable, and we expect her to develop into a fine golfer.”


Garza comes to Centenary out of McKinney, Texas, where she attended McKinney High School North.


“A player with the caliber of Jessica will make an immediate impact on the program,” Dupree said.  “Her game is solid all around and she possesses a cool, calm demeanor on the course.”


Lyles is a local product from Shreveport out of Caddo Magnet.  She played at Captain Shreve her freshman and sophomore years.


“I’m excited to bring a local player like Lizzie [Lyles] to the Centenary program,” said Dupree.  “She’ll add a level of consistency that will help push the Ladies program to the next level.”


The program’s first Canadian player, Newton hails from Edmonton, Alberta, where she attended Strathcona Composite High School.


“Leigh is the first international student I have recruited,” Dupree said.  “She has good size and a John Daly-like golf swing that will make her a strong and immediate presence on the golf course.”


The foursome joins incoming-freshman Tracy Williams as Dupree’s largest class since taking over the helm in 2002.