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High School golfers sign up for their future

The South Carolina AAAAA champion Dorman Cavaliers turned out in force to support their two seniors, Abby Franks (l) who signed to play college golf at North Georgia. Senior and an AAAAA All-star Maddie Grace Peake signed on to play college golf at Presbyterian. (Dorman Photo)

Palmetto State juniors had made commitments to play college golf and Wednesday was the first day they could make it official and sign their national letter of intent.

If there is to be a Jacob Bridgeman or Trent Phillips to come from this class they will have to do it in college. The high school talent in the state is good, not great.

The Class of 2023 may not have any one or two great juniors, but it does have players with a wide range of experience and success who will make what ever college team they join better.

For instance, Palmetto State juniors not only competed against each other in the SCJGA and on the national level in USGA Championships, but an All-Star team went to Scotland and beat the Scottish Lads on their own home course.

One of the outstanding members of the team was 2021 SCJGA medalist. Rowan Sullivan from Charleston.

Sullivan, as a junior, has the kind of accomplishments that a lot of young players build on to become an outstanding college player.

Sullivan was one of a handful of upper level players who were recruited by national powers to leave the Palmetto State to play college golf.

The 2021 SCISA 3A medalist from Porter Gaud in Charleston made it official and signed with Vanderbilt.

Clemson announced the signing of Will Baker from Prince Avenue Christian School in Georgia.

As a high school golfer Baker played in the US Amateur. As a Junior he has won a pair of AJGA Championships, helped his high school team to two Georgia State titles and most recently had a top-5 finish at the Bobby Chapman Junior in Spartanburg.

“Will Baker will add so much more to our team than his very accomplished golf resume,” said Clemson coach Jordan Byrd. “Will has a big-time game and is an outstanding putter. He is only scratching the surface of how good he can be, but the best attribute will be his attitude about life and golf,” added the Clemson coach.

At Furman Lady Paladins Coach Jeff Hull has added a pair of players for next year’s team.

Kelsi Mauzy and Audrey Ryu have signed to join the Paladins in the 2023-24 season.

Kelsi Mauzy comes to Furman from Minnesota and was the winner of the Minnesota PGA Tournament of Champions. (InstagramPhoto)

“Audrey and Kelsi epitomize all that is a Furman student athlete,” said Hull.  “We are very excited to have both of them join our family and are looking forward to their contributions to our success.”

Mauzy is from Minnesota and among her accomplishments was a win in the Minnesota PGA Tournament of Champions.

Ryu from Dublin, Ohio, was honored as the Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons from 2020 through 2022. 

She earned Central Ohio Player of the Year accolades in 2021 after claiming the state individual championship and was voted to the All-OCC first team from 2019 through 2022. 

Ryu was also named to the Central Ohio first team in 2022, when she finished as the runner-up at the state championship. 

The Dorman Cavaliers completed an undefeated tournament season to capture the South Carolina High School AAAAA championship .

Seniors Abby Franks signed to play college golf at North Georgia in the fall. Her teammate Maddie Grace Peake will play at Presbyterian.

The two teamed up to help Dorman win the AAAAA companionship and each made All-State at the tournament.

After the season was over the two Cavaliers were winners at the North South All-Star Matches.

Maddie Grace Peake (left) and Abby Franks both will play college golf next year after leading Dorman to the AAAA Championship. (Instagram Photo)

It was a big couple of days for Blake Kelly from Woodruff.

First he and his partner won the Rick Vieth Junior played at The Fort Club in Ninety Six.

Kelly won the event for his team when his second shot on the final hole got within 3-feet and his birdie putt made the difference for a one shot win.

Different schools and families enjoy celebrating their golfers signing in different ways and different times.

Unlike college football recruits, there may be a poll of the top juniors, but there is nothing like that in golf,.

We are aware of several more golfers who will be signing in the next few days. We invite you back to check up on your favorite teams progress,

Woodruff’s Blake Kelly signed on to play golf at North Greenville. Here pictured with his instructor Kevin Britt the PGA Director of Instruction at the Carolina Country Club. Britt had seven of his students sign on to play college golf this year. (Instagram photo)

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