During her first season at the helm of the USC Beaufort women's golf team, Alexis Bennett never had more than five eligible players at her disposal, meaning everyone who was eligible to play was in the lineup.
She will have far more depth and flexibility in her second season after finalizing a recruiting class of five players, including two junior-college transfers and three international players.
"I would be hard-pressed to have found a better group of incoming athletes for my first recruiting class at USCB," Bennett said in a release. "They are a dynamic bunch who exemplify the values that are important to me as a coach. This group is incredibly respectful, hard-working and dedicated."
A pair of transfers will add collegiate experience to a roster that returns four players, including three who competed in the NAIA National Championships in May. Junior-college transfers Maggie Black of Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) Community College and Alexa Wilson of Iowa Western Community College will be expected to compete for spots in the lineup.
A trio of international standouts figure to make an immediate impact as freshmen, as Moa Kristenson of Sweden, Franzi Knoetsch of Germany and Emily Turner of England all come in with valuable experience on the junior circuits in their home countries.
"With the four returners and this crop of newcomers, I am very optimistic that our program will experience a new level of success in this upcoming season," Bennett said. "Goals and expectations will be higher and qualifying will be competitive, which will only make us better and more productive on the course."
The Sand Sharks have four events scheduled for the fall season, opening with a trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Lady Falcon Invitational at LPGA International.