Fox comes home to Texas, joins Tarleton State women’s golf

By LYNETTE SOWELL 
Cove Leader-Press 

Tarleton State University in Stephenville recently announced that one of Copperas Cove’s own is returning to the Lone Star state. 
Elle Fox, golfing standout, has transferred from Mississippi State to Tarleton State University in Stephenville. She shared her thoughts about returning to Texas to complete her collegiate golf career. 
“The main reason for me coming back to Texas was to be closer to family and have better golf opportunities for me. Mississippi State taught me so much that I will forever be grateful for. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I know in the end it will all be worth it,” Fox said. 
She’s ready to get to work with her new team in Stephenville, and said she’s looking forward to the team atmosphere and the community as a whole. 
“What really brought me toward Stephenville was the amount that it has grown. It’s becoming bigger and bigger after it transitioned to D1 (Division 1),” Fox said. “It was crazy going through the recruiting process again, because I committed so early to Mississippi State I didn’t get to really experience that. Tarleton stood out to me with the academic opportunities, teammates, coaches, and golf.
“I have already set lots of goals for myself and team at Tarleton and I’m excited to start getting to work.”
This summer, Fox has at least two tournaments lined up. June 24-26 she will be in the Texas Golf Association - Stroke Play at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, and on July 19 she will be competing at the United States Golfing Association qualifier for the Women’s Amateur tournament. 
Tarleton’s head coach, Isabel Jimenez, said that Fox will bring consistency and experience, two qualities she always looks for in a player. 
“She is a very hard working player who is determined to have a successful career here at Tarleton. I have no doubt she is going to achieve all of the goals she sets each season, and we can’t wait to see her in action.”
Jimenez said that the program is fortunate to have Fox join them, as she was very sought-after player.
Fox has been a golfing standout since elementary school, and while in Copperas Cove, she was a three-time 6A district tournament winner in 2018, 2019 and 2021. She was a 6A regional tournament qualifier for the same years, and placed tied-13th at state in her senior year at CCHS.
Her three district championships are a record at Copperas Cove HS. She also holds school records for tournament wins (16) and lowest score among both boys and girls (66). Fox was the school’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2021, and finished her preparatory career with a 71.25 scoring average.
In 2021, she was the West Texas Junior Champions Tour Player of the Year, with an average of 72.71 and played in nine American Junior Golf Association tournaments.
Prior to her days at CCHS, she won the U.S. Kids Golf 2012 Texas State Championship, won the Beltway Junior Golf Tour Texas Championship in 2015, and in 2016, won the Starburst Junior Golf Classic Championship and Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Central Texas Junior Shootout Championship. So far, she has won 107 junior tournaments.
Fox is pursuing a communications degree at Tarleton.

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