Nov. 20, 2009
Arlington, Texas - UT Arlington head golf coach Jay Rees announced today his program has signed six players to national letters of intents to begin playing for the Mavericks in the fall of 2010.
The players are Jesse Gibson (Saskatoon, SKS), Carson Kallis (Red Deer, Alberta/Notre Dame HS), Bryan Lichmo (North Vancouver, BC), Enrique Livas (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico), Brian Smith (Corpus Christi, Tex./Incarnate Word Academy) and Brandon Wilhide (Richmond, Tex./Fort Bend Travis HS).
"I am truly excited to bring these golfers into our program," Rees said. "This might be the most talented recruiting class we have had here at UTA. All six of these players have proven to be able to play at a high level in junior golf and I expect them to all contribute here in the future. I think as a class they have the chance to be really special."
Gibson won the SGI Canada Saskatchewan Junior Men's Championship in July 2009 and the MJT Finoro Classic earlier this year. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Junior Golf team at Canada's Provincial Games in Prince Edward Island over the summer. Earlier in 2009 he represented Canada at the 2009 China Junior Open. He also finished third over the summer at the CN Future Links Pacific Championship after finishing fourth the year before.
Kallis won the CN Future Links Pacific Championship with scores of 75-66-64 over the summer. He has also won the 2008 Alberta Junior Masters and the 2007 ASAA High School Provincials title. He also represented Alberta at the 2009 Provincial Games.
Lichimo finished second this summer on the British Columbia Golf Association's Juniro Order of Merit and won the organization's Zone 4 Championship. He won an United State Junior Amateur Sectional title in June at the University of Georgia Golf Course. He has also represented British Columbia in the Junior America's Cup in the summer of 2009.
Livas, is one of the top ranked junior golfers in Mexico and is also ranked among the Top 125 in the Sagarin/Golfweek Junior rankings. He was second in the Stars of Texas Junior over the summer and tied for ninth at the AJGA West Junior Open. He also played on the Callaway Junior World Golf Tour.
Brian Smith is one of the top seniors in the state of Texas. He is a two-time all-state selection and led Incarnate Word Academy to a second place finish at the TAPPS 4A state golf tournament last season in Katy. He also tied for second place individually at the state meet last season (when he shot 75-74-149) and as a freshman (74-73-147).
Wilhide qualified for the Texas UIL state championship last year. Over this past summer he was third at the Bob Estes Abilene Junior and tied for 3rd at the Texas Cup Invitational.
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