Men's Golf Signs Three for 2018-19 Season
CONWAY - Tyler Gray (Lugoff, S.C.), Brady Hinkle (Lancaster, S.C.) and Connor Newton (Auburn, Ala.) have signed National Letters of Intent to play men's golf at Coastal Carolina University for the 2018-19 season, first year head coach Jim Garren announced today.
"It's a great day for the Chanticleer men's golf program," Garren said. "We are excited about this class as they will be the foundation for of our golf program in the future. Since we got a late start -- me coming in late July and assistant coach Jeremy Alcorn joining us in August, I honestly was not sure what we were going to do with this class. My main goal in recruiting has been to add the right kind of people, the kind of guys who will fit into our system and how we do things at Coastal. Not only were we able to do that, but we were also able to add three high-quality players who are high-quality people. In baseball terms, we hit a home run in a very short amount of time. I think these recruits saw our team's improvement in such a short time and believe in our philosophy. Jeremy was very vital in this process and we could not have done this without him being here as well."
"We also felt it was important to strengthen our brand in the Carolinas," Garren added. "We have hit our state hard since we have been here and it showed with this class. We were able to pick up two of the best in our state and there is a reason they want to be here. We want to be the destination school for the Carolinas and this was a great start."
Lugoff, S.C. (Thomas Sumter Academy)
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Finished 12th at the 2017 Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship ... Two-time South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) 2A state champion (2016 and 2017) ... Shot a 66 to win the 2017 title and had rounds of 70-68 to win 2016 title with birdies on three of his last four holes in the final round ... Also the 2017 SCISA Player of the Year and two-time All-State selection ... Three-time Columbia city champion ... Placed 52nd at the 2017 South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship (80-66-73-74) ... Cracked the top 200 in the National Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings in 2017 ... Made the 2017 Can-Am team for team South Carolina, which is comprised of the top eight ranked players in the state ... Top 10's in events such as 2016 SCGA Junior Championship (t-2nd), 2016 Carolinas junior boys championship (t-6th) and 2017 Sea Pines Junior Heritage (t-6th) ... Was runner-up at the 2017 Jimmy Creed Invitational (71-70=141) with future CCU teammate Brady Hinkle.
Garren on Tyler Gray
"Tyler is a naturally-talented player. He has the physical tools and ability to hit the golf ball at a high level. The thing I love about Tyler is that he has a tremendous amount of potential. When we look at him we know that this guy is going to get way better under our system. We believe he will be a long-time producer for our program.
Lancaster, S.C. (Lancaster HS)
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play in the 2018 Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship and finished 24th at the 2017 event ... 2016 South Carolina Junior Match Play champion and reached the semifinals at the 2017 championship ... Three-time South Carolina 4A All-State honoree ... Placed among the top 10 three times at the South Carolina state championship as he tied for eighth as a junior in 2017 (73-76), tied for ninth as a sophomore in 2016 (76-74) and tied for ninth as a freshman in 2015 (78-70) ... Was runner-up at the 2017 Jimmy Creed Invitational (76-65=141) with future CCU teammate Tyler Gray ... Was medalist for the qualifier to earn a spot at the 2017 South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship, shooting a 69.
Garren on Brady Hinkle
"Brady is an elite talent. He has the game and the power to be a college star. He has proven that he can win and shoot low scores. Guys that know how to win carry that over to this level. He is super competitive and wants to be a part of something special. That is why he chose to come to Coastal as a member of the foundation this class.
Auburn, Ala. (Auburn HS)
Prior to Coastal Carolina: The eighth-ranked junior golfer in Alabama and ranked second for the class of 2018 ... Ranked 283rd in the nation Junior Golf Scoreboard ... Selected to play for Team Alabama which won the 2017 Southern Junior Cup ... Won four events on the Southern Junior Golf Tour ... Named to the Alabama Golf Association's inaugural All-State Junior Golf Team (second team) ... Tied for 11th at the 2016 Alabama Boys State Junior Championship (67-73-79) and tied for 25th at the 2017 event (71-68-74) ... Tied for second at the 2017 AHSAA 7A State High School Championship and tied for eighth as a sophomore (2016) with rounds of 74-71 ... Tied for 43rd at the 2017 Future Masters ... For the summer of 2017, had a scoring average of 71.05 with a low round of 66 and compiled 11 rounds under par.
Garren on Connor Newton
"Connor has grown so much as a player over the last year or so. He was not on many radars this time a year ago. However, he has turned into one of the best players in Alabama as well as the Southeast in general. He is a good player. He is always in contention and just has a great understanding of the game of golf. Another perfect fit to our system as well."