Dec. 9, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington men's golf coach Jay Rees announced the addition of three high school seniors during the early signing period. Jake Greenspoon, Tanner Gore and Aaron Guanlao will join the golf program for the 2014-15 season.
Jake Greenspoon - Jersey Village High (Houston, Texas)
Greenspoon began playing golf at age 8. He won his first tournament at the age of 9, and since that early beginning has won numerous junior golf tournaments on the South Texas PGA juniors tour, the Houston Golf Association juniors tour, and Texas Junior Golf Tour. He has been selected captain and MVP of his high school golf team all four years. He's won four high school golf tournaments thus far.
In 2012 he won the prestigious Houston City Junior Championship at Redstone Golf Course. Greenspoon was the only player in the field to finish under par for the tournament. Other notable accomplishments: finished in the top 10 of the 2013 Houston Men's Amateur and top 20 in the 2013 Texas State Junior Championship. Greenspoon has a career best of 7-under-par 65 at his home course of Cypress Lakes.
Greenspoon is gifted academically as well and was selected for the Duke University TIPS program and took the SAT in 7th grade. He has a twin sister who is also a standout athlete as well. Lauren Greenspoon will play volleyball for the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in the fall of 2014. Jake Greenspoon is the son of Mike and Alice Greenspoon.
Coach Rees: "Jake takes lessons from my first All-American, Doug Athlerly, who teaches at Willow Creek Golf Course in Spring, Texas. Jake is a very good student and is an extremely hard worker. He will keep getting better because it matters to him. Winning the Houston City Junior Championship at Redstone County Club where the Shell Houston Open is held is a strong indication of his ability. Jake will be an Academic All-American here at UTA. As he continues to improve, I'm confident he will earn player All-American honors as well."
Tanner Gore - Coronado High (El Paso, Texas)
In Gore's first tournament during his junior year, Gore shot an 8-under-par 136 (70-66) and finished runner-up just two strokes off the lead. In the spring of this year, he was District 5-1A champion firing an even-par 75-69 – 144. In nine high school tournaments in 2012-13, he achieved a stroke average of 72.78. He is one of the top-ranked 5A golfers in Texas. Gore was selected first-team all-conference, first-team all-county, first team all-region, all-city and district MVP. Gore was the El Paso Times' All-City Boys' Golfer of the Year.
Gore started playing golf at the early age of 5 and has developed a passion for the game. Not only is Gore an outstanding golfer, he also excels in the classroom and carries a 3.6 GPA. He is the son of Butch and Darlene Gore.
Coach Rees: "He is a super talented young man that has shot some really low numbers and just keeps getting better. The former golf coach at UTEP, Rick Todd, told me that, 'Tanner is really good and if you can get him, you should.' I first met Tanner while working as a guest coach at the College Golf Camps of America at Texas Star in Euless, Texas. He shot 72-72 and finished runner-up in the individual competition. I enjoyed watching him play. He was long off the tee, and possessed a lot of confidence. He was heavily recruited by several major schools and I'm excited that Tanner decided to choose UTA over North Texas, UTEP and San Jose State to name a few. He could easily win the 5A State Championship this spring."
Aaron Guanlao - Northwest High (Haslet, Texas)
Guanlao is one of the best junior golfers in Texas and nationally. He won the AJGA Buffalo Dunes event this past summer in Garden City, Kansas. He is an all-conference and all-district performer. He has won numerous junior and high school tournaments. He is the son of Emelito and Cecilia Guanlao.
Coach Rees: "He possesses the ability to be a great contributor to the UTA Golf Program. I believe he will make an impact immediately and he will be one of the top players that we have recruited from Texas. Aaron is excited to join the UTA Golf family. He comes from a great family of faith. He is a grounded person that I feel is mature beyond his age. We are very pleased and excited that Aaron will be joining our family."
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