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Men's Golf Inks Two During the Early Signing Period

Nov 12, 2020

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Men's Golf Head Coach Dustin White announced two members to WSU's 2021 signing class on Wednesday (Nov. 11), as Peter Jung and Franklin Lydra have each signed their National Letters of Intent to play for the Cougs during the National Early Signing Period.

"We are excited about how our 2021 class came together," expressed White. "While we faced some challenges with our recruiting calendar this year, or lack thereof, we didn't let that stop us from finding a couple guys that want to win and elevate the program here at Washington State. Franklin and Peter are both solid players, but more importantly, solid people as well. They are committed to their craft, fit right into our culture and will add to our already enthusiastic group of young men."

Peter Jung brings a heap of championship experience to the Cougs. Jung is a senior at Maryknoll High School in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and was named the 2019 Hawai'i High School State Athletic Association (HHSAA) MVP. Jung captured first place at the 2019 Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Championship, carding 2-under (142) through 36 holes of play.

"Peter has a lot of ability and has played well in some high-level junior events over the last couple years," White said of Jung. "He's a big kid with great fundamentals and is figuring out how to play to his strengths. Having grown up in Hawaii, his easy-going personality shows in his play, but there's also a fierce competitor in there." 

As a 16-year-old, Jung qualified for the Sony Open, one of the stops on the PGA Tour in Honolulu. He has also competed in several Sony Open Pro-Junior Challenges, an event that pairs up five local amateur golfers with five PGA Tour members. Jung's resume also includes back-to-back Turtle Open Bay championships, as well as the Michelle Wie HSJGA Tournament of Champions title.

"It's been neat to see Peter's game evolve and the fact that he qualified for a PGA Tour event at 16 years old just shows where he is headed. We think he has all the tools to be successful and will be someone to keep an eye on from day one."

Franklin Lydra comes to the Palouse by way of Melbourne, Australia, but has also competed in Indonesia during his prep career. Currently, Lydra is a senior at Hills International College in Jamboomba, Australia and he is the No. 17-ranked player in Indonesia.

This past year Lydra took home first place at the 2020 Hills College Championship, shooting 16-under par. Additionally, the newest Coug has captured three-consecutive match play pennants at the South East Queensland District Golf Association Hills Golf Club Division I match play event (2018, 2019, 2020) and won another pennant at the 2019 Brisbane District Royal Queensland Division I Championship.

"Franklin has a wealth of experience from international events and has grown into a well-rounded player," said White. "He has a great work ethic and puts a lot of thought into how he can improve each time he tees it up.  His desire to continue to improve is infectious and will make those around him better."

Lydra competed in seven tournaments in 2019 and posted four top-five finishes with a scoring average of 72.4. His best finish came at the 2019 McDonald's Junior Golf Championship, where he placed second overall, carding 219 (+3) in the three-round event. He also competed at the 2019 Indonesian Junior Championship in Banten, Indonesia, where he finished fifth overall.

"Franklin has been surrounded by good competition, both in Australia and Indonesia, but has shown he can go low and has what it takes to win. We think he will transition extremely well here and make a name for himself in the Pac-12."    

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