Huskies Sign 3 Top Recruits

Nov. 12, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington Men's Golf Coach Matt Thurmond announced the signing of three National Letters of Intent today. The three will join the Huskies next Fall for the 2009-2010 season.

The Huskies recruiting class includes Chris Williams (Moscow, Idaho), Larry Iverson III (Kalispell, Mont.), and Charlie Hughes (Maple Ridge, BC, Canada).

'Every coach in the country will talk about the great talent they signed today. We certainly signed an extremely talented group as well. I expect them to win tournaments and lead our team to championships. However, we also signed three great guys of character that will build on the tradition and culture we have in our program right now,' Thurmond said.

Williams, from Moscow High School, is currently the No. 15 ranked junior golfer in the world by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Williams finished third in the 2008 Callaway Jr. World Championships. He was the Washington State Golf Association and the Washington Junior Golf Association's Player of the Year in 2007. He was the Washington State Junior Champion in 2007. Williams was also the Idaho Golfer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and the three-time 4A Idaho State High School Champion.

'Chris really knows how to play golf. When he plays, he wins. He hits the ball very accurately and has a great passion for golf. Most importantly, he seems to have a knack for getting the ball in the hole and finding a way to score and come out on top. He will do great things in college,' commented Thurmond.

Larry Iverson III is from Glacier High School in Kalispell, Mont., where he was one the last two Montana State High School Tournaments in record fashion, winning by eight shots as a junior, and breaking the state scoring record as a senior. Iverson also represented Montana in the Junior America's Cup (18th place) and played in the Callaway Jr. World Championships and Jr. PGA Championships. Iverson has dominated the Montana golf scene and coach Thurmond expects him to really flourish in a 12-month golf climate.

'Larry is a man that happens to be a senior in high school. His focus, discipline, and determination are remarkable. He is a very good golfer and will instantly be the most physically strong player on the team. He knows how to win and wins lots of tournaments. I'm really anxious to see what he will do in the Pac-10. He's a pretty solid ping pong player too.'

Charlie Hughes is next in a line of standout recruits coming from British Columbia to the University of Washington. Thurmond sees great potential in him. Other notable players from B.C. are James Lepp (2001-2006), who won the 2005 NCAA Individual Championship and junior Nick Taylor, who was last year's runner-up.

'Charlie has a lot of the same attributes of guys like James Lepp and Nick Taylor. He is amazingly focused on his goals. He is an excellent putter and can hit many different shots. He's a natural athlete that is just beginning to tap into his golf potential.'

Hughes has played just one AJGA event, but that was a three-shot victory in this year's AJGA Wenatchee. He was a member of British Columbia's Junior America's Cup team. Hughes finished fourth in the B.C. Junior Championships, 12th in the B.C. Amateur, and represented B.C. in the Canadian Men's Amateur where he was one shot from making the Match Play portion of the event. Hughes is currently in the top 10 of the RCGA's order of merit.

'We always try to recruit student-athletes that have great golf skill and potential, know how to win, will be great team members, and are committed to their academics. These guys all have that. They will come in next Fall and immediately push our veterans and challenge for a spot in the top 5. That is always good,' said Thurmond.

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