NSD: Forget football, here's where HS golfers are going

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 4, 2015, 9:50 pm

It’s the first Wednesday in February. A day when fax machines take center stage as coaches eagerly await written agreements from some of the top student-athletes in the country. Yes, it’s National Signing Day, the first day of a two-month period when high school football players can sign a national letter of intent.     

Prospective college golfers, however, have two signing periods. An early period, which took place Nov. 12-19 last year and a regular period which begins April 15 and runs through Aug. 1. Here is a snapshot of nine of the top juniors and where they will be playing their college golf this fall:


Sam Burns, LSU

The 2014 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year signed with LSU over Alabama in the early period. Burns’ season included wins in the Junior PGA Championship and AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. Burns is ranked 12th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.        

Sam Horsfield, FLORIDA

The native Englishman now lives in Davenport, Fla., and is staying in the state to be a Florida Gator. Horsfield won three events in 2014 and successfully defended his New Year’s Invitational crown in January.

Jorge Garcia, FLORIDA

Also staying in state to attend Florida is Jorge Garcia, the 35th ranked amateur. Garcia finished 10th in the Latin America Amateur Championship. Both Garcia and Horsfield remained committed to the Gators following coach Buddy Alexander’s retirement last April.

Austin Connelly, ARKANSAS

A star on the winning 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, Connelly de-committed from SMU and chose to sign with Arkansas. Connelly won the Jones Cup Invitational, earning an invitational to participate in this fall’s McGladrey Classic on the PGA Tour.

Brad Dalke, OKLAHOMA

The McKinney, Texas native verbally committed to the Sooners at age 12. Dalke finished runner-up in three events last season including the Junior Players Championship.

Zachary Bauchou,  OKLAHOMA STATE

A native of Forest, Va., Bauchou had six top-10 finishes in 2014. The future Cowboy has twice been named a first-team AJGA Rolex Junior All-American.  

Davis Riley, ALABAMA

A member on the winning 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, Riley won the Terra Cotta Invitational last April and finished fifth at the Jones Cup Invitational. Riley is ranked 37th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.  

Donnie Trosper, UCF

The Canton, Mich., native will be heading south next fall to play for UCF. Trosper won four AJGA events last year, tying him with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for second all-time.   


A native of Pinehurst, N.C., Martin will join his older brother Zachary at North Carolina. Last June, the 17 year old became the youngest North Carolina Amateur Champion. He also made history at Pinehurst in 2014, becoming the first player in 67-years to win the Donald Ross Junior Invitational for a third time.

- Anthony Kazmierczak contributed.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.