Nation's Top Golfer Signs with UCLA

Nov. 13, 2006

Philip Francis, the nation's top-ranked junior golfer, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UCLA, the athletic department announced this week.

Francis, 18, has won three of junior golf's four 'major' tournaments this season: The Thunderbird International, The Rolex Tournament of Champions and the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He was named the 2006 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year last month. This week, he is scheduled to compete in the AJGA Polo Championship, junior golf's final major event.

'Philip Francis is the most accomplished golfer ever to sign with UCLA,' said Head Coach O.D. Vincent. 'We are very excited to have him join our program. He is a great fit with the players on our team and they are eagerly anticipating his arrival next season.'

The winner of 29 tournaments since 1997, Francis is the consensus No.1 ranked player in junior golf. He is a four-time winner (1999-2002) of the U.S. Junior World Championship, breaking a record held by Tiger Woods.

In addition, Francis is a three-time AJGA 1st Team All-American. He has won five AJGA tournaments this season, including the Heather Farr Championship in which he was 19-under par with teammate Esther Choe, the AJGA's top-ranked female junior player.

'I felt UCLA was the [best] overall package for both the college experience and college golf,' said Francis. 'My goal will stay the same as it has been the last 10 years -- to be the best. However, the difference now is that it involves a team and achieving the goal of being the No. 1 team in the nation.'

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