FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - University of Arkansas head women's golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor announced the singing of Shawn Rennegarbe and Jordy LaBarbera to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
Rennegarbe is a native of Addieville, Ill., playing for Nashville High School while LaBarbera checks in from Allen, Texas, where she competes for Allen High.
"The addition of these two young ladies is a testament to our team working hard in the classroom and on the golf course," Estes-Taylor said. "Shawn and Jordy both are complete student-athletes that will leave their mark on our team both academically and with golf. They love the game and are dedicated to helping us win championships. Mike (Adams, assistant coach) and I are excited about our future and the direction in which we are heading."
Rennegarbe is a three-time Class A All-State selection who committed early to the Razorbacks. Considered one of the best players in Illinois, Rennegarbe finished ninth as a freshman at the state tournament, four as a sophomore, second in her junior season and fourth this fall as a senior. Those finishes helped Nashville High to third, second and fourth places before the Hornettes won the title in 2013.
She holds all of the individual records at Nashville Community High and is a back-to-back state title winner after helping the basketball team win the program's first title in the spring of 2013.
"A lot of the bigger schools are pushing for early verbals, but it wasn't like there was any pressure for me to make a decision.
Arkansas just felt right,'' Rennegarbe said to her local paper after her commitment. "They have a great golf program and just a great group of people on the team that I'm enjoying getting to know.
"Arkansas is a place where I can grow as a player and as a person. Hopefully I can go down and help them win a national championship.''
"The first time I met Shawn and her family, I knew she would be a great fit into our Razorback family," Estes-Taylor said. "Shawn is a great student and an amazing athlete that will come in and have a tremendous impact. Shawn has won state titles in basketball and golf in high school and knows how to compete. She possesses a true passion for the game of golf and has a tremendous work ethic.
Shawn has great length and is sponge to learn more about the game. Mike and I are excited to have Shawn as a part of our future and look forward to continuing to give her the tools to accomplish her personal and our team goals while here at The University of Arkansas."
Rennegarbe is the daughter of Greg and Stephanie Rennegarbe and has an older sister, Shaina, who played college golf at Southern Illinois-Carbondale.
LaBarbera is in the midst of her senior season at Allen High. She has helped the Eagles to three district and regional titles and three top five state championship finishes including the state title as a sophomore. She has earned three all-district medalist titles and is a two-time all-region and all-state selection.
LaBarbera has several tournament titles under her belt and has been a solid team player at Allen High as well. She won the individual titles at the Texas 5A State Preview and the Region 2 Preview pacing her team to the team title and a fourth place showing, respectively, in 2011. She went on to a sixth place finish at the 2012 State Championship leading the Hornettes to the team title.
Some of her other accomplishments include the team title at the Vanessa Close Invitational in the spring of 2013, and runner-up finishes at the Central Texas Shootout, the AJGA Goodman Networks at Timarron and the TJGT/OJGT Red River Challenge in the fall of 2012. LaBarbera paced the Hornettes to four regional, sectional and conference titles including the state championship as a senior this fall.
She is the daughter of Ross and Ellen LaBarbera and has an older sister, Jessa, who plays golf at Colorado State. Father Ross played college golf at UW-Eau Claire and was an NAIA Nationals qualifier.
"Jordy is a great addition to our team and the winning culture that we are creating," Estes-Taylor said. "She comes from a golf family and is a competitor. She has a very fundamentally sound golf swing and has a true love for the game of golf. She comes from a very competitive high school team and has played junior golf all over the country. Jordy will come right in and have an impact on our program and we look forward to watching her grow and prosper in our team environment."
The two additions are the only newcomers Estes-Taylor and the Razorbacks are expecting at this time. The No. 7 Razorbacks are in the midst of the winter break from competition returning to the golf course Feb. 16-18, at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.