High School Golf

More juniors sign up to play college golf

Unlike college football signing junior golfers have plenty of time sign their National Letter of Intent to play college golf.

The signing period began on November 14th and continues until the end of the summer. While some area recruits have announced their commitments colleges are not permitted to announce their new players until they have received the official NLI.

Many future college golfers enjoy making sure they have the opportunity to celebrate their big day with parents, grandparents, family coaches and friends.

Since the first day of the signing period several more area schools and players have joined college teams to begin the next step in their college careers next fall.

There are a number of players who will make their commitment official next week and a few more who will sign after the Thanksgiving holiday.

USC Women

Two-time South Carolina High School champion Smith Knaffle from St. James will play college golf for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina does not often sign players from the United States and not many from their home state.  However this year Gamecock coach Kalen Anderson signed a top player from the Palmetto State to go along with two international recruits.

Smith Knaffle from St. James High School is one of three new players who signed with the Gamecocks.

Knaffle won back to back AAAA individual championships as a sophomore and junior. She helped her team to two straight team titles. This year she had a top five finish at The Blade and a top-10 finish in the SC AAAAA championship.

On signing day the Gamecocks signed two golfers from France. Mathilde Claisse was a Junior Solheim Cup player and is ranked 31st in the European Golf Rankings.

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard is ranked 7th in the European Rankings and has won the Women’s French Championship and was a member of the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup team.

Furman Paladins and Lady Paladins

Walker Crosby will join his brother Jack on the Furman golf team next year.

Matt Davidson announced his first recruiting class since becoming the head coach of the Paladin mens team. Davidson has signed four new players and one of them has a familiar name to followers of Furman golf.

Walker Crosby from Memphis is the brother of current Paladin golfer Jack Crosby. Crosby brings a Tennessee state individual high school championship with him to Furman and helped his team win state titles during his sophomore and junior seasons.

Sam Lape is from Atlanta and was a high school teammate of last year’s Southern Conference Player of the Year Keller Harper. Lape was named the Georgia AAA High School Player of the Year. He also was the runner-up for the GSGA Player of the Year honors.

Reynolds Lambert is from Mountain Brook, Alabama and was the top-ranked high school recruit in his home state. Lambert helped his high school team to state titles during his sophomore and junior years and was named to the 2018 Alabama Super All-State team.

Carolina Wrigley is the top ranked junior in Pennsylvania. A two time state champion will be a Lady Paladin next year.

Ross Funderburke is the fourth new Paladin in the 2019 recruiting class. Funderburke is from Roanoke, Virginia and is the third ranked junior in the state. He was named the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Player of the Year in his junior and senior year.

Lady Paladin head coach Jeff Hull made the signing of Spartanburg High School golfer Anna Morgan official.

Morgan announced her signing at the high school last week. The new Lady Paladin golfer won the 2018 Blade Junior and recently won a PKB Tour championship to go along with her 2017 WSCJGA Girl’s Championship and the Junior CarolinaS PGA.

The second recruit for Furman is the top ranked player in Pennsylvania. Caroline Wrigley is a 2-time state champion and helped her high school team win three straight state team titles.

Wrigley has also earned six top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments.

Gallery of Palmetto State Recruits





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