Women's golf signs four to 2019 class
Friday, November 30, 2018
By Logan Butts
Women's golf signs four to 2019 class

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s golf team and head coach Jesse Lawley have announced the addition of four student-athletes to the 2019 signing class with Izzy Cantwell, Olivia DiPalo, Mary Kate Smith, and Kaylee Wu joining the Lady Bisons.


Izzy Cantwell | 5-6 | Cave Creek, Arizona | Cactus Shadows  

  • Part of three consecutive state championship-winning teams
  • 2017 All-American
  • Named 2018 team captain
  • Three-time letter winner
  • Shot a 68 in an AJGA tournament her freshman year
  • Sister plays golf for Tulane


Olivia DiPaolo | 5-7 | Union, Kentucky| Larry A. Ryle High School   

  • First-Team All-State in 2017 and 2018
  • Third-place finish at 2017 state tournament and sixth-place finish in 2018
  • Four-time All-Region honoree
  • Four-time team MVP
  • First golfer in school history, male or female, to be named First-Team All-State
  • Sister plays golf for Bellarmine


Kaylee Wu | 5-5 | Medford, Oregon | St. Mary’s School  

  • Member of three straight state championship-winning teams
  • Three-time All-State honoree
  • Individually placed third, second, and third, respectively, over the last three years
  • Named 2019 team captain
  • Two-time MVP
  • Also part of state championship-winning cross country team


Mary Kate Smith | 5-4 | Melbourne, Florida | Viera High School   

  • Four-time All-District honoree
  • Team has qualified for four state tournaments in a row
  • Named team captain for her junior and senior years
  • Member of two conference titles, three district titles, and two region titles
  • Four-time letter winner
  • Planned major is accounting


Thoughts from head coach Jesse Lawley:

“Since I've now been here a year and a half, it allowed plenty of time to recruit for my second full recruiting class. This class is from all over the country from Oregon, to Arizona, to Florida, and Kentucky. It brings a tremendous amount of depth to our program.

“The 2018 class, along with this new 2019 class, is young, but each of these girls are great additions to our program. They are each strong academically and will not only be an asset to our program, but Lipscomb's campus as well. I look forward to them arriving on campus next fall and competing with all my experienced returners for a competition spot.

“The growth is already here from previous classes and will continue to blossom with the new golfers coming in. The future is bright.”