HUNTSVILLE, Texas Sam Houston State men’s golf head coach Brandt Kieschnick announced the signing of two talented junior golfers who will join the program in 2014.
The class includes highly-ranked juniors, Jake McCrory (Pasadena, TX) and William Martinez (Austin, TX).
“This is my second recruiting class and I am very excited and humbled to be able to coach these accomplished players and add them to our talented team,” Kieschnick said. “Last year we signed a great class, including Klein Klotz who was the No. 14 player in the nation in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings Class of 2013. This is our second year to be able to add top juniors in the nation with Jake being ranked top-60 nationally in AJGA Rankings and No. 74 nationally in Junior Golf Scoreboard. Jake and William have had some incredible success at the national and state level and these players are not afraid to win at the elite level and compete every week with winning as a goal.”
The two players have combined for three AJGA top-three finishes, including McCrory winning the 2013 AJGA Billiard’s Factory Championship. Martinez has had success at the AJGA level with a second and third place finish.
“Both of them want to win at the highest level and have proven they can compete with anybody,” added Kieschnick. “Jake and William will bring their incredible experience to our program and help us win championships. I think they will come in next year and make an immediate impact to an already talented team.”
This group will come to a Bearkat Golf program that has already made a statement this fall winning back-to-back tournaments in only their second year under Kieschnick. This fall, the Bearkat men won the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate hosted by Kansas State – the first time in SHSU Golf history to win a Big 12 hosted event – and the SHSU Harold Funston Invitational.
“I am so excited about our future because both Jake and William committed before we started winning this fall and knew how strong and talented our program was. We have shown this year that we can be explosive with Zach, Klein, and Albert and win multiple tournaments. To be able to add the talent level of Jake and William to this line-up shows that we can achieve whatever we want and, truly, the sky is the limit for SHSU Bearkat Golf,” Kieshnick added.
Pasadena, Texas/Deer Park High School
Won 2013 AJGA Billiards Factory Championship at Tournament Course at The Woodlands … on 2013 Starburst Junior Golf Classic … won 2013 Greater Houston City Junior firing a 64 in final round at Redstone Golf Club … won 2013 TJGT Augusta Pines Major … finished second at 2013 LJT-HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship … finished second at 2013 LJT-Texas State Junior Championship … finished second at 2013 HGA Junior Match Play … finished second at 2013 HGA Eddie Burke Sr. Young Houstonian ... finished t-27th at 2013 5A Texas State High School Championship … member of 2013 Jackie Burke Cup Team … ranked No. 8 in Texas by Junior Golf Scoreboard and No. 74 in Nation by Junior Golf Scoreboard … ranked No. 59 in nation for 2014 Class by AJGA Polo Golf Rankings … son of Darren and Vicky McCrory
Coach Kieschnick on Jake McCrory:
“Jake is one of the best junior golfers in Texas and one of the top in the nation in my opinion. He was heavily recruited by Division-1 schools and went on a run this summer where in 10 events he finished first five times and second four times including big wins at AJGA Billiards Factory Championship, Starburst Junior, Greater Houston City Junior with a 64 and then almost won the HP Byron Nelson and Texas State Junior finishing second in both. Jake has a very mature approach to the game that I love and he has a very repeatable golf swing that is proven under pressure. Also Jake knows how to win and he will come in and make an immediate impact.”
Austin, Texas/Vandergrift High School
AJGA Career includes five top-25 finishes, highlighted by two top-three AJGA finishes … finished second at 2012 AJGA Aaron’s/Bob Estes Abilene Junior at Abilene CC which included a second round score of 66 and Finished 3rd at 2012 AJGA Harvey Penick Junior at Austin CC … finished t-8th 2012 Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship … finished ninth at 2013 LJT-HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship … finished ninth at 2013 LJT-Texas Cup Invitational … finished t-10th at 2013 4A Texas State High School Championship … member of 2012 Jackie Burke Cup Team … coached by renowned instructor Chuck Cook … high school coach is Matt Wernecke, SHSU Bearkat Golf Alum … son of David and Sofia Martinezs
Coach Kieschnick on William:
“William is an extremely talented junior golfer with the capability of making a lot of birdies and excelling at the highest level. He has performed at an elite level and has had the chance to win multiple AJGA, Legends Tour, and State events. I like that he is not afraid to win and get himself in the hunt. William physically has all the shots and mentally he has come into his own on the golf course and with his preparation. I look forward to him getting in the lineup and helping us win championships.”
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