Men's Golf Signs Northwest Duo for 2003

Nov. 19, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - - The Washington State men's golf team has signed players Matthew Fladwood of Redmond, Ore. and Kevin D. Chen of Alamo, Calif. to national letters of intent head coach Walt Williamsannounced Tuesday.

Fladwood, a two time first team all Inter-Moutain Conference, is from Redmond High School and will bring four years of varsity letter experience to the Cougars. Fladwood helped lead the Panthers to a State Championship his sophomore year, and finished in first place at the Oregon Junior World Qualifier last June. Fladwood also plays point guard for the varsity basketball team that finished second at State last year.

'Matthew is a big strong kid that hits the ball a long way and has had success at the high school and junior golf level,' Head Coach Walt Williams said. 'He's also a very good student, and has WSU in his blood because his mom graduated from here.'

Chen hails from Monte Vista High School where he lettered two years in golf, and excelled academically earning two consecutive Scholar Athlete awards. In two years of high school golf, Chen finished in the top 10 nine times, including a first place finish at the Gambetta High School Invitational, March 4. Chen graduates high school in January of 2003 and will attend the IMG/ David Leadbetter Golf Academy for six months before joining the WSU squad.

'Kevin is an excellent student and player,' said Williams. 'He has a real ability to score low and be smart on and off the course.

'Both kids are really nice and genuine and I expect big things out of both of them,' Williams added.

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