The kid who didn’t expect to win will now be going to one of the country’s top programs.
Paul Chaplet, a 2017 recruit, has verbally committed to Arizona State. The Costa Rican announced his commitment Thursday via Instagram.
Chaplet’s name came to the fore when he captured the Latin American Amateur Championship in January. The victory earned him a spot in the Masters and the U.S. and British amateurs – and he would play in all three.
He was the first Costa Rican to compete in the Masters, where he would miss the cut.
Chaplet, 17, was lightly recruited before his Latin American Amateur victory, and in the aftermath he admitted he wasn’t even expecting to win the event. At the time, he was talking to San Diego State, Arizona, Minnesota and Sam Houston State, with a Golden Gophers assistant coach following him for the week at the Latin American Amateur, played in the Dominican Republic.
After Chaplet won, he received more interest from top programs, culminating in his Thursday commitment to Arizona State.
The Sun Devils are currently No. 25 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.