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.
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.
Elsa Moberly has given a verbal commitment to Mississippi State for the fall of 2015. The 16-year-old from Science Hill, Ky., is 41st in Golfweek’s junior rankings for the Class of 2015.
Moberly, who plays for the girls golf team at Pulaski County High School, names future golf goals as winning an NCAA team championship and eventually playing on the LPGA tour.
“I know at Mississippi State it can be done,” she said. “The university is beautiful, and it is a great fit for me.”
Moberly also chose Mississippi State because of the opportunity to work with head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and assistant coach Leigh Phillips.
Moberly played in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (T-146) and the U.S. Girls’ Junior (T-73). She was runner-up at the AJGA’s PNC Bank Junior and third at the RTC Junior All-Star at Ringgold in the past year.
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.
Elsa Moberly of Science Hill, Ky., gave a verbal commitment to play college golf at Mississippi State in 2015.
Moberly is a junior at Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Ky.
“I chose Mississippi State because I really liked the coaches and the girls on the team,” Moberly said. “My future goals are to win the NCAA Championship as a team and to make the LPGA after college. I know at Mississippi State it can be done. The university is wonderful, and it is just a great fit for me.”
Moberly finished second at the AJGA PNC Bank Junior Championship, third at the AJGA RTC Junior All-Star at Ringgold and eighth at the AJGA Bluegrass Junior. She also played in the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links championships.
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.