Women’s Golf Signs Letizia Bagnoli and Vanessa Knecht
Nov. 9, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWGolf)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest women’s golf coach Dianne Dailey announced Thursday that Letizia Bagnoli and Vanessa Knecht have signed a letter of intent and will join the Demon Deacon program in 2018-19.

“We are excited to have Letizia and Vanessa join our team next fall,” said Dailey. “They are both very accomplished players and students and will be a great addition to our team. Both have extensive competitive experience and know how to win. They are members of their respective national teams and have played at the highest level. They are wonderful, engaging young ladies and we are thrilled to have them join our Wake Forest family.”

A native of Florence, Italy, Bagnoli is one of the top amateur golfers in Europe and is currently ranked No. 133 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. She was a member of the Italian Girls National Team that finished second at the 2017 European Girls Team Championship, while also being a member of the 2017 Junior Solheim Cup Team. This year she has posted wins at the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship, and the Italian Ladies Match Play Championship, while reaching the semifinals of the Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship.

Knecht is from Zurich, Switzerland, where she has been a member of the Swiss Ladies National Team. Ranked No. 253 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, she won the 2016 Liechtenstein Open and the 2016 Swiss National Match Play Championship. She has also had a runner-up finish at the Total International Juniors of Belgium and a top-five finish at the Spanish International Stroke Play Championship.

Bagnoli and Knecht will join a Demon Deacon program that concluded the fall schedule ranked No. 23 nationally by GolfStat.