Men's Golf Signs Three For The Class Of 2016
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Nov. 11, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest men's golf head coach Jerry Haas has announced the signing of three student-athletes for the class of 2016. Grayson Murray, Davis Womble and Andrew Winters all signed national letters of intent this past week.
Murray is one of the top junior golfers in the country. He won the Callaway Junior World title three-straight years and also won the 2010 REX Hospital Open Junior Invitational, earning a spot in the Nationwide Tour's REX Hospital Open. Murray fired a second round 66 in the REX Hospital Open and became the second-youngest player to make the cut on the Nationwide Tour. He won a North Carolina 4-A Individual State Championship as a sophomore and then led Leesville Road High School to a team title as a junior.
"I've got a picture on my bulletin board of Grayson when he was about 12 years old and he wrote that he wanted to go to Wake Forest," said Haas. "He's one of the most decorated junior golfers we've had commit here. He's kind of in the mold of Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Grayson has won probably close to 100 tournaments so he's played some big time golf and he will bring some stability for us the next four years."
Womble, who is in his senior year at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C., has also had a tremendous junior golf career. He won the NCISAA 3-A state individual title in 2011 and was named the 3-A North Carolina Player of the Year. In addition to earning All-State Team honors four times, Womble was named the 2010 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year after winning the prestigious Carolinas Junior Championship.
"Davis is a tall kid with great touch around the greens," said Haas. "He's one of those kids that once he finishes growing and fits his swing to his body, he's going to be a tremendous player. He won the Carolinas Junior last summer which is an event that guys like Bill Haas and Lee Bedford have won. If you look at the list of guys who have won that tournament, they've turned out to be really good players."
Winters is a senior this year at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. He has led Kinkaid to no worse than a second place finish in the Southwest Preparatory Conference each of the last three years, including a team title in 2010. Winters has also had tremendous success on the Texas Junior Golf Tour the last couple of years and recently won the prestigious Texas Cup Invitational.
"Andrew just shot 70-69 to win the Texas Cup here recently and beat a lot of other guys that will be going to DI programs," said Haas. "He's a smart player with a great work ethic. Just spending a little time with him, I could tell he's mature enough where I don't think he'll come in here and be scared. I'm really looking forward to having Andrew in our program the next four years."
Haas is excited about the signing class and knows this group has the opportunity to join the existing players and perhaps, do something special.
"I feel like we got the two best players in North Carolina in Grayson and Davis," Haas said. "Then you add a good young player like Andrew and I think this will be the deepest team I have ever had. Obviously, we lose a very good player in Lee Bedford next year but with guys like Evan Beck and Charlie Harrison getting another year under their belts and the depth of the rest of the squad, I think we can be very good."
Full name is Grayson Colby Murray ... Born on October 1, 1993 ... Is the son of Eric and Terry Murray ... Has had a tremendous junior golf career ... Won the 2010 REX Hospital Open Junior Invitational, which earned him a spot in the Nationwide Tour's REX Hospital Open ... Shot a 66 in the second round of the event to become the second youngest competitor to make the cut in a Nationwide Tour event ... Qualified for match play of the U.S. Junior in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Qualified for the 2009 U.S. Amateur as a 15-year old ... Won the Callaway Junior World Championship three-straight years from 2006-08 ... Took first place at the 2011 North Carolina High School Invitational ... Won the 4-A Individual State Championship as a sophomore and then led Leesville Road to a team title as a junior ... Is a three-time All-Conference performer ... Ranked as the 11th best junior golfer in the class of 2012 and the 14th-best overall by Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Full name is Davis Reid Womble ... Born on December 5, 1993 ... Son of Brad and Carol Womble ... Has earned five varsity letters in golf so far at Wesleyan Christian Academy and has been named the team MVP all five years ... Was named the Conference Player of the Year and the NCISAA State Player of the Year in 2011 ... Won the 3-A NCISAA Individual title as a junior ... Has been named to the All-State Team four times ... Won the 2010 Carolinas Junior Championship and advanced to match play at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur ... Also won the 2009 Donald Ross Junior Championship and the 2010 Charles Tilghman Junior Championship ... Named the 2010 NC Junior Player of the Year by the Carolina Golf Association ... Has recorded a total of six top-10 finishes in AJGA events ... Is a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Beta Club, Junior Marshall and is an AP Scholar ... Father Brad Womble played collegiate golf at Guilford College.
Full name is Andrew Scott Winters ... Born on February 7, 1994 ... Son of Marilyn and Chris Winters ... Earned four varsity letters in golf at The Kinkaid School for coach Garry McMillan ... Earned All-Southwest Preparatory Conference in both 2010 and 2011 ... Was the runner-up at the 2010 SPC Tournament and led Kinkaid to the team title ... Won the Texas Cup Invitational at the Honors Club with rounds of 70-69 ... Also won the TJGT Junior Championship at the Redstone GC Tournament Course ... Has a total of five top-10s on the Texas Junior Golf Tour ... Has been on the High Honor Roll academically.