Men's Golf Announces Four NLI Signees

Nov. 28, 2007

SEATTLE - Washington men's golf coach Matt Thurmond announced that four local standout golfers have signed national letters of intent to enroll at Washington and join the program for the 2008-09 season.

The Huskies' signing class includes Jens Bracht (Lake Forest Park), Ty Chambers (Brush Prairie), Dylan Goodwin (Mukilteo) and Richard Lee (Bellevue).

'I'm really excited about the talent and character that we've found in this class,' Thurmond said. 'I believe all will be great Huskies and will help our program win. I had intended to only bring in one or two in this class, but I liked each of these guys so much that we had to find a way to get them into our program. I expect they will all be working hard between now and next September so they can hit the ground running when they arrive.'

Lee is a transfer from Bellevue Community College where he won the NWAAC as just a freshman. Lee finished eighth in stroke play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links and competed in the 2007 U.S. Amateur. He also won the Seattle Amateur, Royal Oaks Invitational and Bremerton City Amateur in 2007.

'Richard has won many tournaments and will make an immediate impact on our program,' Thurmond said. 'He knows how to win and is comfortable competing on the largest stage. He shoots a lot of really low scores and has a unique singular focus to become a great golfer.'

Bracht is a product of Inglemoor High School and was the 2007 PNGA Boys Champion. He also tied for first in the 2007 high school state tournament before he lost in a playoff.

'Jens is a great athlete with an excellent all-around game,' Thurmond said. 'He will probably be the longest hitter on the team the day he arrives. He has tremendous potential.'

Goodwin currently attends Kamiak High School and was the 2007 PNGA Boys runner-up. He placed second at the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier and was a member of Washington's Hogan Cup Team.

'Dylan has excellent all-round skills,' Thurmond said. 'I'm really excited to see what he will do in college because I think his game will translate very well to this level.'

Chambers is another Northwest standout having place fourth in the AJGA Pacific Northwest International and sixth in the AJGA Northern California Classic.

'Ty has a lot of creativity in his game,' Thurmond said. 'He doesn't hit the ball extremely long, but has a great feel for the game. His personality and mental energy is very engaging. He will bring a great flavor to our team and will be an excellent player for us.'

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