“The energy Marta and Dani bring will fit right into our culture,” Buford said. “Each of them came to campus with eagerness and determination and I anticipate they will have an immediate impact on the programming.”
The pair will join the returns Oda Sofie Kilsti, Macie Burcham, Caroline Hermes, Andrea Miralles Llopis and Grayson Warren which led the Pirates to a fourth consecutive Pirate Collegiate Classic title in the fall and a strong spring where the Pirates finished in the top five in three team tournaments.
The Pirates begin their fall season when they kick off Monday, September 12 in the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, SC
Marta PerezMadrid, Spain (Minnesota)
In Minnesota (2021-22): Did not compete for the Gophers in his first campaign. High school: Was part of a high performance program that combined his school studies with golf, spending the majority of the week training with his teammates who became like a second family… Participated as a member of the Madrid team at the Spanish Championships where they placed first…Won titles at the U16 and U18 Madrid Championships…At the WAGR Capa Siero and WAGR Ladies Golf Tech Tour, Pérez also took top honors.
Personal: Parents are Felix Perez and Carmen Perela… Hobbies include cooking, dancing and hanging out with friends… Skied, played tennis, badminton and danced ballet and flamenco.
Comments from Coach Buford: “Marta has had a solid summer in the events she’s been to and although she wore a red shirt last year, I’m confident she’ll be ready to compete straight away.”
Danielle ModderAschaffenburg, Germany (SGD Darmstadt)
High school: Graduated from SGD Darmstadt … Represented Germany on the team that won the 2019 Germany Women’s International Amateur Championship … Had a final score of 77-76-78 (231) to help the Netherlands to win by team in the Dutch national U21 championship in 2021.
Personal: Born in Groningen, Netherlands…Daughter of Joroen Modder and Ellen Stiksma…His father, Joroen, played football at the highest amateur level for the Netherlands…Has one brother, Marnick… Career ambition is to play in the LPGA… Enjoys skiing and hiking in his spare time… Planned major is communication.
Comments from Coach Buford: “Dani has so much maturity under her belt and I have already enjoyed the few moments I have had coaching her. She has competed in elite events internationally and I cannot wait to see what which she will accomplish by wearing purple and gold.”