Nicklaus Harrington of Chaplin, Conn., has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Connecticut in 2015.
The high school junior took a few unofficial visits before making his decision.
"It is a beautiful campus, is a great academic university, and has a fantastic golf program with a great coach. I am looking forward to improving my golf game and helping UConn golf team be something special," Harrington stated in an email.
Harrington won medalist honors at the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division IV state golf championship last year and was the Norwich Bulletin Golfer of the Year. He also earned All-State distinctions as a sophomore.
Jimmy Hervol of Hopkinton, Mass., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Connecticut in 2015.
Hervol, a junior at Hopkinton High School, knew that UConn was the place for him after a few unofficial visits.
"UConn is a type of school I always hoped to attend," Hervol said. "The school seemed like a perfect fit for many reasons: great academics, a strong D1 golf program, a beautiful campus, a reputable athletic program and an excellent coach. I plan to strengthen my golf game and contribute to the success of the UConn golf team."
Hervol played for New England in the 2013 Team New England vs. Team Florida match at Doral. Last summer, Hervol won the Francis Ouimet Junior Championship and qualified for the Francis Ouimet Memorial. Hervol was named MVP of the Tri-Valley League and was a member of the Metrowest Daily News Golf Super Team.
Jordan Hahn of Spring Grove, Ill., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Wisconsin in 2015.
The Richmond-Burton Community High School junior didn’t make any other visits because he knew where he wanted to go and was already committed to Wisconsin.
“Attending Wisconsin was an easy decision for me, I had always been a Badger fan,” Hahn said. “The new indoor facility is top class and Coach (Michael) Burcin and Coach (Robbie) Ziegler are great coaches and I look forward to working with them. Wisconsin has a great academic reputation with a wide variety of majors.”
He placed third at the class 2A Illinois state golf tournament in 2013 and made the All Midwest Boys Team (MAJGT). Hahn was also selected as the All-Area Player of the Year in 2013.
Brett Robinson of Tustin, Calif., gave a verbal commitment to play college golf at Wisconsin in 2015.
Robinson made unofficial visits to Oregon, Loyola Marymount and Oregon State.
"Wisconsin was the perfect fit for me as a student-athlete,” Robinson said. “It has amazing facilities, great coaches and most important, it's a great school. With the facilities, I am certain I will be able to take my game to a higher level and contribute to a Big Ten Championship."
The junior at Beckman High School in Irvine, Calif., had three top-15 finishes at three AJGA events in 2013. He is a two-time Pacific Coast League first-team player and won the individual league championship by six shots as a freshman. Robinson also had six top-15 finishes in Toyota Tour Cup events.
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 ...
Cole Hammer has made his college choice before deciding where he will attend high school.
Hammer, 14, of Houston, gave a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas in 2018. The eighth-grader at River Oaks Baptist School has yet to pick a high school.
Hammer visited SMU this fall, but he focused on Texas, knowing that’s where he wants to play.
“He loves Austin, Texas, and has always wanted to go to college at UT and play on the golf team,” Gregg Hammer, Cole’s father, said in an email on behalf of his son. “The golf program at UT has a great history, and over the last several years the team has consistently been at or near the top. He had several unofficial visits to UT and was very impressed with the on-campus and off-campus facilities. Most importantly, Cole really likes Coach (John) Fields and Coach (Ryan) Murphy.”
During 2013, Hammer played in 13 events. He won seven times and had five other top-5 finishes. He won five Legends Junior Tour – part of the Texas Golf Association – events and was named the Legends Player of the Year in the 14-and-under division. Hammer also finished second at the ...
Thomas Johnson (No. 32, Class of 2015) has committed to Oklahoma.
Johnson, who lives in Norman, Okla., and attends Norman North High School, made visits to Oklahoma and Arkansas. According to his father, Johnny, said Thomas grew up wanting to play for the Sooners.
"Once they wanted him, he really did not think about any other schools," Johnny Johnson said.
Some of Johnson's top finishes this year include a runner-up at the Jim McLean Invitational, shared medalist honors at the Oklahoma 6A state high school tournament, a victory at the PGA Junior Series event at Arbor Links, a 10th-place showing at the PGA Junior and 12th-place finish at the Oklahoma Open.
The Alabama Crimson Tide came out victorious over the LSU Tigers on the football field Nov. 9. But the Tide fell when it came to Sam Burns’ commitment.
Burns, the No. 10 player in the class of 2015 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings, announced his verbal commitment to LSU on Nov. 15.
“I just felt like LSU could make me the best I could be,” Burns said. “Coach (Churck) Winstead is a really good guy. He knows a lot about golf, and I felt like he has a plan that could help get me to the next level.
“Nathan Jeansonne, who I’m a good buddy with and we practice together all the time, he committed to LSU. And another kid, Eric Ricard, who’s down there, he’s from Shreveport (La.) as well. Having all the Shreveport guys and three of your friends, I feel like we can play really well together and win a national championship.”
Burns took in the huge football game on a visit to Alabama, which made his final three schools along with Oklahoma. But the Crimson atmosphere was not enough to sway Burns, who said coaches, facilities and teammates were the most ...
Nathan Pirtle of Sullivan, Ind., who is ranked No. 75 by Golfweek for the Class of 2015, has committed to play college golf at Purdue.
Pirtle's father, Kent, said that Nathan "really hit it off" with Purdue coach Rob Bradley and that the facilities were another big factor in Nathan's choosing the Boilermakers.
Pirtle won the 2013 AJGA PNC Junior. He also finished third at the 2013 Golfweek Midwest Junior Invitational and fourth at the 2013 Golfweek Junior Tour Championship.
James Mishoe IV has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for North Carolina-Greensboro. Mishoe, of Cary, N.C., also visited North Carolina, Charlotte, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Elon and South Carolina.
Mishoe said UNCG was a good fit because of the smaller team size as well as the compact campus. He also made his decision on the opportunity to play for head coach Terrance Stewart.
“I was also made to feel welcome by the other students on campus along with the team members,” he said.
Mishoe tied for ninth at the North Carolina Junior in June, and he tied for 29th at the Joe Cheves Invitational. He earned a top-10 finish at the George Holiday Memorial and a top-20 finish at the Donald Ross Junior.
Andrew Jacobe of Houston has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Vanderbilt in 2015. Jacobe also visited Duke, Rice and Virginia before deciding to become a Commodore. He is a junior at The Kinkaid School.
"I chose Vanderbilt because of its excellence in both golf and academics," Jacobe said. "I really like Coach (Scott) Limbaugh and Coach (Dusty) Smith and their dedication to having a championship program. Also, I like the city of Nashville and believe the school is just a great fit for me."
Jacobe won the Southwest Preparatory Conference Golf Championships in Texas as a sophomore. He also recorded four top-15 AJGA finishes in 2013, including a tie for third at the AJGA Brandt Snedeker Music City Junior in Nashville, where he shot a tournament-best 7-under 65 in the final round.
Raul Hernandez has given a verbal commitment to Houston Baptist for the fall of 2014. The Venezuela native resides in League City, Texas.
Hernandez also visited Houston, Texas State, Sam Houston State and Rice before deciding on Houston Baptist. He also was contacted by Purdue, Liberty, Central Florida and Notre Dame.
"HBU is a great fit for me, has a good golf team and is a great school," Hernandez said. "I think Coach (David) Shuster is great person and will help me do my best."
Hernandez is part of Venezuela's national amateur and junior teams. He finished fourth as an individual at the International Tournament of Jockey Club de Rosario. He was the runner-up at the AJGA’s Goodman Networks Junior Championship and finished in the top 10 at the AJGA’s Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship and the Genesis Shootout.
Zach Tracy has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Houston. Tracy also visited Oklahoma State, New Mexico and North Texas. He chose Houston almost immediately.
Tracy’s ties to Houston athletics run deep. His dad and grandfather played football for the Cougars, and his swing coach Marty Fleckman played golf there. Staying in the Houston area allows Tracy, from Houston, to continue his work with Fleckman.
“I think Coach (Jonathan) Dismuke and Coach (Chris) Hill are building a great program, and I want to be a part of what they are doing,” Tracy said.
Tracy plays for Seven Lakes High School in Katy, just west of Houston. He was medalist at the district and regional tournaments for Seven Lakes, and advanced to the Texas 5A State Championship as a sophomore. Tracy won the AJGA Arrowhead Junior this summer by eight shots.
Zander Lozano of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas San Antonio in 2014.
Lozano, a senior at Samuel V. Champion High School in Boerne, made unofficial visits and talked with Texas A&M, Liberty, Arizona, TCU and Houston before choosing UTSA.
"I picked UTSA because it's a great university, has great academics, has a great golf program and because Coach (John) Knauer is the best coach out there,” Lozano said. “We have a great relationship, and Bill Rogers (a former PGA Tour player who serves as director of golf development) is also on staff. With all that experience, UTSA was the best choice for me."
Lozano finished T-12 at the 2013 AJGA Goodman Networks Junior at Timarron. As a member of the U.S. National Junior team, he visited Scotland for match-play competition in June. He also played in the Callaway Junior World Championships and the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Mitchell Meissner has given a verbal commitment to play for Rice University. Meissner also made unofficial visits to Davidson, William and Mary, Pepperdine, San Diego and Loyola Marymount. He received offers from Davidson and William and Mary.
Meissner, from San Antonio, chose Rice because of the opportunity to play for head coach Justin Emil.
“He is an excellent role model and dedicated to growing their program,” Meissner said. “Rice is the perfect balance of golf and excellent academics.”
So far this year, Meissner has posted two top-10 finishes in AJGA events. He won the San Antonio Junior Championshp, and also led his Alamo Heights High School golf team to the 4A State Championship.