Men’s Golf Inks Two on Signing Day
TUCSON, Ariz. – Head coach Jim Anderson and the Arizona men’s golf staff wrapped up their recruiting on Thursday, as two student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to begin competing for the Wildcats in 2015-16.
Ari Gulugian and Tyler Moore make up the impressive duo that will join the UA roster next season.
“We got a really good pair of guys who will come in and play with what will be a fairly young core of players who will be sophomores next year,” Anderson said. “So we’re definitely excited about Tyler and Ari and what they bring from a playing standpoint, but also how they are going to fit into the team concept that we have here at Arizona.”
Ranked the No. 42 recruit by Polo Golf and the No. 58 overall recruit in his class by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Tyler Moore was a three-time San Diego Golf Association Player of the Year and was named a 2014 honorable mention Rolex All-American. He won the AJGA 2013 Vicky Hurst at Gainey Ranch and tied for third at the 2014 AJGA Footjoy Invitational. He also tied for sixth at the 2014 Western Junior Invitational.
“Arizona offers me a great opportunity to not only become a better golfer,” Moore said. “But it will also give me a superior education. The balance of academics and athletics in a gorgeous setting like Tucson made UA a clear choice.”
The Escondido, Calif., native has also represented the U.S. at golf events in Australia and France.
“Tyler brings a lot of experience,” Anderson said. “He plays 20 to 30 events a year and has had success at not just his local and regional levels there in the highly competitive southern California area, but he’s taken his game all over country. He played really well at the Western Junior, at the Footjoy and other tournaments, too. The experience he brings will transfer over well into the college game. I know he will be coming in hungry to be one of the top freshmen in our conference and hopefully continue along the list of great junior golfers who have joined the program.”
Ari Gulugian, a native of Irvine, Calif., will come to Arizona ranked as the No. 141 overall recruit and ranked 27th in the state of California in the 2015 class.
Gulugian has participated in many tournaments across the country, including the AJGA L.A. Junior Open and finishing fifth at the AJGA BBCN Bank Junior Open. Gulugian also came in ninth at the City of Los Angeles Junior Championship and finished 14th at the USGA Junior Boys Qualifier in June.
“I chose Arizona because of all the wonderful opportunities that the school had in store for me,” Gulugian said. “The golf program is top notch and the academic aspects fit my needs perfectly. I am extremely excited to play with a strong team and have a chance to win a national championship.”
“As far as Ari, he’s another very accomplished player.” Anderson said. “He plays a lot in southern California, whereas I mentioned is very competitive. The thing that excites me a lot about Ari is that he’s got a lot of experience, but very young. He’s only just turned 17, so he’ll be maturing and growing here in the next year to where when he comes in he’ll be ready to compete for one of those spots right at the beginning of the year.”
The Wildcats will open their spring season in late January when they host the Arizona Intercollegiate at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson. For more information on the Arizona men’s golf program, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter.