Thurmond Announces Three New Recruits

Nov. 16, 2009

Seattle - Washington men's golf coach Matt Thurmond announced that he has signed Gerrit Chambers, Cory McElyea and Trevor Simsby to National Letters of Intent. The trio will join the Huskies in the fall of 2010.

Chambers is the lone signee from the state of Washington and he will join his brother, Ty, a sophomore on the team. Chambers, from Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie, was originally part of the 2009 class, but decided to wait a year before enrolling to be part of the 2010 recruiting class. He was second at the 2009 high school state championships and was in the final 16 at the 2009 PNGA Men's Amateur Championship. He was also fourth at the 2008 AJGA Wenatchee.

'Having another Chambers in the program is always a great thing,' said Thurmond. 'Gerrit has shown he can compete against top amateur players. He has a great short game and with that extra year of experience I expect him to come in and make an impact immediately.'

McElyea joins the Huskies out of Santa Cruz's Harbor High School. Some of his golf accomplishments include a win at a local U.S. Open Qualifyer in 2009 at Half Moon Bay and a fourth-place finish in the Big I National Championship. McElyea also won a U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying Tournament in 2008 and made the cut at the U.S. Junior Championships. His older brother, Conor, is a senior on the University of San Francisco golf team.

'Cory has all the tools to be a great player. He is a great ball striker with a good all-around game. He has a good natural feel for the game and an ability to win. We really like his personality and see him being a huge part of our future success.'

The third Husky signee is Simsby, who is from Carlsbad, Calif. Simsby is a senior at La Costa Canyon High School and led his team to the 2009 California State Championship at Poppy Hills. He also has a sixth-place finish at the 2009 Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines on his resume.

'Trevor has really come on this year,' said Thurmond. 'When I saw him for the first time I was amazed at his golf swing and presence. As I watched him more, I realized he has all the other skills too. He is a mature kid who is really excited to be a part of our program. We are anxious to watch him develop in our program and think he'll be a great player.'

The trio of newcomers will help alleviate the loss of four seniors, three of which are All-Americans -- Nick Taylor, Richard Lee and Darren Wallace.

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