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 Ulrika Van Niekerk
Ulrika Van Niekerk

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Capetown, South Africa

High School:
Stellenberg High

Height:
5-4

Experience:
2L


Spring 2008 (JUNIOR) Played in all seven of the team's events on the spring... led Tech with a 75.52 stroke average on the season... led the team in three of the seven events... tied for 10th at the Rio Verde Invitational with a 224 (plus eight)... fired a team- and individual-low 68 for the first round.

Fall 2007 (JUNIOR) Competed in five events this fall and had a stroke average of 76.20...she had two top 20 finishes this season... best finish came at the USF/Richmond tournament where she tied for sixth place.

2006-07 (Sophomore)
Played in three events, starting both the Jeannine McHaney and GSU/Pelican Invitational...scored her career-low 72 during the final round of the GSU/Pelican, helping push Tech to its tournament victory...saw her best finish come at the McHaney when she tied for 28th place with a 54-hole score of 228 ... competed in seven events with an average of 74.70 ... had her best finish at the Susie Maxwell Classic, placing third ... finished with a six-under 66 at the Maxwell Classic to mark a school-low 18-hole record ... finished fifth at the Rio Verde Invitational ... ranked fourth in the Big 12.

2005-06 (Freshman)
Took part in eight tournaments in first year with the Red Raiders... Tied for 33rd with rounds of 79-79-76--234 at the Rio Verde Invitational... Led team with a 27th-place finish at the Northwestern Invitational with rounds of 75-73-75--223... Set career marks at Northwestern Invite with top finish, a low round of 73 and best 54-hole tournament with a score of 223... Wrapped up freshman year shooting a 78.87 average.

Amateur Experience
Represented her province for five years in a row ... Posted wins at the South African Student Championships, Mowbray, Bellville and Durbanville Club Championships ... Earned her first career victory at the Western Province Matchplay Championship.

High School
Attended Stellenberg High School in Cape Town, South Africa ... Became the first girl to compete on the boy's golf team at the school ... Named team captain ... Coached by Jamie Gough.

Personal
Born on Nov. 5, 1986, to Petru and the late Chris Van Niekerk ... Mother is a real estate agent ... Has one brother Craig, 11 ... Majoring in Environmental Engineering ... Enjoys watching movies, listening to music and the outdoors.

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Texas Tech Red Raiders