Jessica Peng, a heralded international recruit, is set to join the Mississippi State women's golf team for the 2013-14 season, as announced by coach Ginger Brown-Lemm Tuesday.
"Jessica is a great addition to our team and will push our entire roster to get better," Brown-Lemm said. "She is an immediate impact type player that can help us get back to the NCAA Championships. Jessica is a very talented player that will strengthen our lineup immediately as well as add depth to our club."
The Shenzhen, China, native vaulted into national recognition after posting 70-71-71=212 in the 2011 AJGA Junior Challenge at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. Her 4-under-par, eight birdie performance earned a runner-up finish.
Peng posted a sixth-place finish while competing as an amateur in the Srixon XXIO Ladies Open Tournament, a professional event sponsored by the LPGA. She notched an opening round 3-over-par 76 before posting back-to-back 71's to finish with a 1-under 218.
Peng also notched a win (75-69-69) and a runner-up finish (77-76-67) on the CITIC Bank China Amateur Tour this season.
She has been ranked as high as the 39th best amateur worldwide according to the Polo Jr. Golf Rankings.
Peng will join Izel Pieters, another international recruit from South Africa, and Ji Eun Baik from Newnan, Ga., as newcomers on the Lady Bulldog roster this fall.