Sept. 21, 2012
In addition to seven returnees from a year ago, men's golf head coach Angelo Sands has brought in a four-person recruiting class with impressive pedigrees preceding them.
"All four of these incoming have two things in common: one, they're all solid academically, and they're all solid on the golf course," said Sands. "These are the type of golfers I look for, that can achieve in the classroom and on the course."
Three freshmen - Richard Donegan, Derron Peyton and Joseph Arazi - and junior Airik Medinis, who comes from Florida Gulf Coast University, are the new Owls for the 2012-13 season, which begins Sunday in Glencoe, Illinois.
Donegan was the 2011 FHSAA Class 2A state champion. He is a native of Okeechobee.
"Not only is Richard a state champ, he won by shooting a 68 the last day on a very difficult course," said Sands of Donegan. "When someone is able to come back and shoot such a low number on such a course, it tells you a whole lot about that person."
Peyton, from nearby Boynton Beach, has had much success on area amateur circuits like the South Florida PGA Junior Tour.
"Derron has won about everything you can win in Florida, as far as amateur and junior tournaments are concerned," said Sands. "The last weekend before college started, he was playing in his last junior tournament up in Orlando and shot a 64 the last day. There's no doubt he can play."
Medinis hails from Fort Myers, and has continued to compete on local amateur and junior tours since his graduation from high school.
"Airik had a great, great summer," said Sands. "He qualified for almost every tournament here in Florida: the Florida Amateur, the Florida Open, Florida Match Play. More importantly than that, Airik is just a really dedicated golfer with a unique temperament for the game. He doesn't get really high or really low and is able to keep things even on the course."
Finally, and last but not least, Arazi is the newest member of the squad, joining the roster after open tryouts this summer.
"Being from Key West, that far south, it's quite a trip for Joseph to get to most of where the junior tournaments are," said Sands. "For us, Orlando is a three-hour trip, for him, it's a seven-hour trip. But Joseph has really shot some really good numbers, and again, because of the geography, he's done that despite it being more difficult for him."
The men's golf fall season, with four tournaments on the schedule, starts with this weekend's Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern University at the Skokie Country Club. The two-day tournament takes place Sunday and Monday.