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Simpson University lands two East Union standouts

East Union standouts Tori Souza (l) and Brionna Goulart (r) sign their letters of intent to play golf for the Simpson University Red Hawks next season. Standing behind the signees are Dale and Rosa...

JAGADA CHAMERS/The Bulletin


POSTED December 3, 2009 2:10 a.m.
After helping elevate the East Union golf program to Valley Oak League supremacy, a pair of the Lancers signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers with the Simpson University Red Hawks golf team.

East Union standouts Brionna Goulart and Tori Souza finalized their commitment to the Red Hawks program when the two signed on in front of family, friends and Simpson University head golf coach Joe Griffin.

Simpson’s golf program will be making its debut in the Cal Pac conference during the 2010-11 season, playing against Bethany University, Menlo College, William Jessup University, Holy Names University, Mills College, Pacific Union College and Cal State Maritime. The Red Hawks will turn to the incoming Lancers to help solidify the program’s inaugural season.

“We are just trying to build a program and building a program in women’s golf is something that anyone who has done it will tell you, is a hard thing to do,” Griffin said. “But we are able to not only start a program, but start it with two very nice girls and that is something that is big for us.

“This is the cornerstone and we are going to build off them.”

Goulart, who was a key member of the Lancers program up until her 2008 graduation, took a season off and now has her eyes set on taking her golf game to new heights.

“I really want to take my game to the next level,” Goulart said. “My dad has been working with me throughout the whole off-season and I want to come in and work towards being the No. 1 player at Simpson.

“My goal is to go out and shoot around even-par all the time.”

Souza, who just closed up her third-straight VOL championship season, is excited about the opportunity of continuing her education and helping establish a culture with the Red Hawks’ golf program.

“I was so relieved to finalize where I was going,” Souza said. “I see everyone else stressing out about where they are going to go, I went to so many visits, but I just loved Simpson. It has the small school atmosphere and makes me ready to be a college student-athlete.”

Lancer co-head coach Dennis Wells has joined forces with other co-head coach Brian Goulart to establish an excellent pedigree of women’s golfers. The two latest to continue on to the collegiate level is as rewarding as another VOL title.

“It really is nice to see them wanting to go to college and play golf,” Wells said. “It is nice to see them pursing golf because a lot of them don’t. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to Simpson, or Fresno State, just to continue pursuing this game is what I love.”

Brian Goulart has the privileged of not only sending another golfer off to help start a program, but watching first hand as his daughter takes the first steps towards the remainder of her life.

“It is so exciting for our family right now,” Brian said. “For me personally, as her dad, going to a Christian college with an atmosphere like Simpson’s, I am just excited for both of the girls.”
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