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 ...
Abigail Cantwell of Scottsdale, Ariz., gave a verbal commitment to play college golf at Tulane in 2015.
Cantwell also visited Georgetown, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, California Irvine and California.
“I chose Tulane primarily because of the coaching staff and the success of the golf program. Coach Lorne (Don) and Linn (Atiyeh) are outstanding and have created an atmosphere that encourages success,” said Cantwell. “I can't wait to play for them and they have already made me feel like I am part of the Green Wave family. I wanted to attend a strong academic school and it's rare to find such an exceptional golf program at a medium-sized school with excellent academic credentials. Additionally, the practice facilities that Tulane uses (English Turn and TPC Louisiana) are second to none. Finally, I love the prospect of attending school in the historic, exciting and fun city of New Orleans.”
Cantwell won the 2013 Arizona State High School Division II State Championship. She was selected to the All-State first team in Arizona. She finished in the top-10 in two AJGA events in 2013 and finished seventh at the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational.
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.
Kasey Nielsen and Kelly Nielsen, juniors at Kent Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio, have verbally committed to attend Kent State University on a golf scholarship.
The twins are members of the Class of 2015.
Kasey Nielsen was a second-team D-I All-Ohio selection in 2012 and '13, and finished sixth at the OHSAA D-I Girls State Golf Tournament as a sophomore. She also won the 2013 Lady Rider Invitational in Twin Lakes, Ohio, and the 2013 Midwest Classic Tournament in North Canton, Ohio, and finished fourth at the Golfweek Junior Tour event last summer in Warren, Ohio.
Kelly Nielsen was a three-time OHSAA D-I Girls State Golf Tournament qualifier (2011-13). She also won the Junior PGA Qualifier in Avon Lake, Ohio, and finished 32nd at the 2013 North-South Junior in Pinehurst, N.C., and third at the 2013 Northeast Ohio PGA Junior Sectional Qualifier in Massillon, Ohio.
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.
Mai Dechathipat has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Auburn beginning in 2015. Dechathipat also considered Duke and Florida, among other schools.
Dechathipat, 16, is a native of Thailand who has been a student at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., since age 13. She qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at 15 and twice finished in the top 3 in AJGA events this year. She tied for eighth at the Annika Invitational.
“I chose Auburn because I believe and trust that both coach (Andrew) Pratt and coach (Kim) Evans can improve me as a person and in my golf game to help me reach my dreams,” Dechathipat said. “Auburn had the best facility, with more than three courses that I can play any time and a perfect back range for me to work on pitching and short game peacefully. I also believe that their program, including physically, mentally and academically, can take me to where I want to go because I would have all the help in the world.”
Dechathipat said her goal is to become an All-American at Auburn before playing the LPGA tour and becoming a top-3 player in ...
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.
Katie Barrand has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Boston College beginning in the fall of 2014. Barrand also considered St. Lawrence, Bowdoin, Bucknell and Gettysburg.
Barrand chose Boston College because of the mix of competitive golf and academics.
“I just knew walking onto the campus that BC was somewhere I could see myself,” Barrand said. “It reminds me a lot of my high school on a much bigger scale, but it has a lot of the same core values.”
Barrand lives in Beverly, Mass., but attends The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass. She won the Golfweek New England Junior at Mohegan Sun Country Club in August, and was third at the World Series of Junior Golf.