Nolan Ray (No. 48, 2015) commits to Tennessee
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Nolan Ray of Brentwood, Tenn., gave a verbal commitment to play college golf at Tennessee in 2015.
Ray made unofficial visits to Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Wake Forest and Tennessee before getting offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
The junior at Brentwood High School ultimately decided on Tennessee because it was the best fit for him.
“I think Coach (Jim) Kelson and Coach (Casey) VanDamme have a great player development plan in place that will help me reach my long term goals,” Ray said. “I was very impressed with the facilities, their recruiting efforts as well as the current team members. I admire the direction that Coach Kelson has the program heading in and am very excited to get to be a part of it. Also, my swing instructor Brad Rose lives in Knoxville and after many trips for lessons, I have gotten familiar and comfortable with the city and the university. Lastly, I genuinely feel that it is a real honor to have an opportunity to play for your home state.”
In 2013, Ray had three top-10 finishes, including two third place finishes at the PGA Junior Series at Mirimichi and the AJGA Preseason Junior at Chateau Elan. He was name also named the Tennessee Junior Cup Most Valuable Player. In 2012, he qualified and played in the U.S. Junior Amateur.