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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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.