CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State men’s golf head coach Jon Reehoorn announced Thursday that two student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2017-18 season.
The class includes Keaton Gudz from Victoria, British Columbia and Spencer Tibbits from Vancouver, Wash.
“Each of them has a passion and love to play the game of golf.” Reehoorn said. “Their passion to be great shows up when they compete, because neither has a ‘perfect golf swing.’ They simply want to win.”
This year Gudz finished in second place at the CN Future Links Championship, tied for fifth at the AJGA Under Armour and tied for seventh at the Canadian Junior Championship. In 2015 he finished in sixth place at the prestigious BC Amateur Championship. Gudz won individual titles at the CJGA National Mizuno Championship and the BC Junior Championship in 2014.
Jon Reehoorn on Keaton Gudz:
“Keaton has shown great growth and maturity in his game over the last six to 12 months. At a young age he displayed a fearless approach to playing the game and ability to win events like the BC Junior at the age of 15. Those skills are now being matched with a bit of maturity resulting in consistent scores and top 10 finishes each time out.
“In 17 competitive rounds this summer, he hasn’t shot higher than 74. He’s put himself in contention several times and this experience will help prepare him for the next step.”
Tibbits is a Top 100 recruit by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and was named the Oregon Junior Player of the Year in 2016. He’s a two-time Washington State High School champion (2014, 2016) and won individual titles at the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championship, the Oregon Junior Match Play Championship and the Royal Oaks Invitational in 2016.
Jon Reehoorn on Spencer Tibbits:
“Spencer’s record speaks for itself. He wins and he does it often. Attracting the best player in Oregon to our program is always the goal. While his home is Vancouver, Spencer has grown up playing OGA events and represented the state of Oregon numerous times in the Junior Americas Cup and Eddie Hogan Cup.
“Spencer is mentally the best junior golfer I’ve seen. No matter whether he feels his game is good or bad, he always finds his way to the top of the leaderboard. His will to win is unmatched.”
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