Men’s Golf Signs Duo
PULLMAN, Wash. – A.J. Armstrong and Aaron Whalen have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s golf at Washington State University, beginning next fall, Cougar Head Coach Garrett Clegg announced, Wednesday.
A two-sport athlete at St. Francis Xavier Golf Academy in Edmonton, Alberta, Armstrong is ranked as the 43rd best golfer in the 2015 graduating class (golfweek.com). The St. Albert, Alberta native is a five-time winner of McLennan Ross age group events. In 2012, Armstrong won the Sturgeon Valley Junior Club Championship, the Stony Plain Junior Open, the Edmonton Junior Open, and qualified for the Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Armstrong is representing Team Alberta in 2014 for the second-straight year and recently won the Future Collegian World Tour (FCWT) Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
“A.J. is a phenomenal player that has had a great deal of success in major junior golf tournaments throughout the world,” Clegg said. “He is the top junior golfer from the province of Alberta and one of the top junior golfers in Canada. A.J. will bring a combination of extreme length and an exceptional short game to the team. He will also be looking to make a huge impact when he arrives on campus.”
A two-time FCWT All-American, Whalen is ranked as the 37th best golfer in the 2015 graduating class. In 2014, Whalen finished tied for seventh at the Washington Junior Golf Association Championships. The Ephrata, Wash., native finished tied for 12th at the 2014 Junior America’s Cup and tied for sixth at the 2014 Junior World Championships. Entering his senior season, Whalen is a three-time member of the Central Washington Athletic Conference First Team. He finished tied for 17th at the 2014 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men’s Amateur after making the cut with a two-round 141 (+1) at Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
“Aaron has always been one of the top junior golfers in the state,” Clegg said. “As his game has matured, he has proven that he is among the top players in the country. He is a tireless worker that will bring national playing experience and be looking to make a major impact on our golf program the day he arrives on campus.“
“We are thrilled to announce the signing of Aaron and A.J.,” Clegg said. “They are two extremely talented young players, and already have impressive tournament resumes. We expect both players to make their presence felt the day they step foot on campus this fall. Both players come in as highly touted recruits and I want to thank our assistant coach Dustin White, as he is a big part of all of our recruiting endeavors. Together we are ecstatic about having Aaron and A.J. join the Cougar Golf Family.”