Stetson women’s golf coach Floyd Kerr didn’t have to venture far from home to find his first signee of 2012 – about 25 miles was enough.
The journey for Alessandra Kutz, however, was much longer.
Kutz became the first member of the 2012-13 signing class for the Hatters last week when the product of Lake Mary High School sighed her National Letter of Intent to attend Stetson University.
“When I recruit, I always look to our home state of Florida first,” Kerr said. “To have Alessandra sign at Stetson is a very delightful thing. She has been a stalwart in junior golf in Florida for the last five years.
“Alessandra is also highly respected by her peers and other junior players and the fact that she has chosen Stetson bodes well for further recruitment of more Florida junior golfers.”
Kutz, who was born in Wurzburg, Germany, started her journey to Stetson as a young girl, watching her grandfather play golf. She went on to become a four-time winner of the Florida Women's State Golf Association (FWSGA) Junior Girls Championship, taking the title in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010. She has also captured four Florida Junior Tour events in her career and qualified for the US Girls Junior championship in 2010 as well as the US Women's Amateur in 2012.
Her low round in competition was a 65 in the FHSAA Regional Tournament at Magnolia Plantation in 2011.
Among her many accomplishments as a player at Lake Mary High School, she is a four time first team All-Seminole County selection. In addition, she also earned all District and All-Region first team honors from the FHSAA four times. She earned first team All-State honors in 2011 and has twice been named the Bright House Sports Network Golf Athlete of the Year.
With her help, Lake Mary’s girls team has won a pair of state titles as well as four conference championships and district crowns.
“Alessandra is my idea of a perfect college player,” Kerr said. “She not only has the athletic ability, but is a great student and, most of all, will represent everything that makes Stetson a great university.”
Kutz said it was the combination of outstanding academics and the strong tradition of the Hatters’ women’s golf program that attracted her to Stetson.
“I am really excited about becoming a Hatter and helping Coach Kerr win many titles,” Kutz said. “Stetson had everything I was looking for in a school in regards to the athletics and academics. They are one of the best in the country and I am looking forward to leaving my mark on the athletics program. I'm mostly looking forward to becoming a better golfer and playing in top level competitions.”
Kutz said staying close to her central Florida home was an important factor in her decision.
“Stetson is very well known for their outstanding academics as well as their golf program,” Kutz said. “Coach Kerr really made me feel welcome, as did the entire team. Stetson is close to my academy and coach, Mike Bender, and being at Stetson will allow me to excel, not only in my academics, but in my golf game.”
Kutz has already set high goals for herself at Stetson. Those goals include multiple conference championships for the team as well as individual titles, both at the conference and national level. Her ultimate goal is to play on the LPGA Tour.
“Alessandra’s future at Stetson as a true student-athlete is unlimited,” Kerr said. “From knowing her as a person, she will make every effort to acknowledge and revel in that challenge. We are fortunate to have signed her and I look forward to seeing her continued development over the next four years.”