Men's Golf Inks Kenny Coakley

Nov. 19, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Kenny Coakley signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Oregon State's men's golf team beginning in the fall of 2002, OSU coach Brian Watts announced Monday.

Coakley, a native of Lakewood, Colo., was the Colorado Junior Golf Association Player of the Year in 2001. Coakley's honors include being named to the CJGA America's Cup Team in 2001, as well as earning CJGA All-Star recognition in 2000 and 2001.

'We're excited to sign Kenny,' OSU head coach Brian Watts said. 'We feel that with the success he's had in the past year he will have an immediate impact in our program. Kenny was extremely impressed with our facilities at Trysting Tree and knows that the resources are here for him to be successful on and off the golf course.'

As a senior, Coakley won the CHSAA Denver Metro 5A West Regional Qualifier for the state tournament with a 65 en route to being named to the 5A All-State team.

The 6'-2', 160 pound golfer earned all-state recognition and was named to the state All-Academic Team in 2000 and 2001. In addition, Coakley claimed Jefferson County League MVP honors in 2000 and 2001.

As a senior at Green Mountain, Coakley averaged 70.8 strokes per round and carries an overall USGA handicap of 1.9. He also finished second in the Colorado Match Play Championship.

Coakley chose OSU over Colorado, Colorado State, Denver and Drake, among several other schools that recruited him.

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