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Men's Golf Sign Three For 2022 Recruiting Class

Nov 10, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – Head coach Jim Anderson and the Arizona Men's Golf program announced the signing of three high school recruits as part of its 2022 class. Zachery Pollo from Northern California, Yannick Malik of Germany and Filip Jakubcik of the Czech Republic will join the Wildcats next season as a freshman.

Pollo most recently won the AJGA Junior Open at the Bridges in April of 2021 where he carded rounds of 69, 60 and 72. His second-round score of 60 (11-under) was the lowest round in the history of the event. He also posted a top-5 finish at the AJGA Junior event at Peach Tree in July and a top-10 showing at Torrey Pines in the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championship. The Rocklin, California native is ranked in the top 50 of the AJGA's national rankings. Pollo continues to Northern California pipeline that includes recent Wildcats Sam Sommerhauser, Chase Sienkiewicz, David Laskin and Brad Reeves.

"Zach is a fearless competitor and has posted many great rounds, including record-setting scores," said head coach Jim Anderson. "His length off the tee is a huge asset that makes him a player that will continue excelling as the level of competition rises. He has persevered through his growth, experienced setbacks followed by success in junior golf, which makes him prepared for next climb as a college golfer.  As a Sacramento native, he comes from an area where current and former players have shared great success at the University of Arizona. Golf is a true passion for Zach, but he shares athleticism and enthusiasm for other sports. We are very excited to welcome Zach, along with Jay and Carrie, into our Wildcat Family."

Malik will join the Wildcats after playing as a member of the Junior German National Team that won the 2021 European Boys Team Championship. He also represented his home country in the prestigious Jacques Leglise Trophy as a member of the European Team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland. During the 2021 season, Malik has posted top-five finishes in a litany of top amateur competitions that include the German Amateur Championship, European U18 Individual Championship and the Portuguese International Amateur Championship.

"Yannick is an outstanding addition to our team on many levels," said head coach Jim Anderson. "He is a leader, an anchor player in the lineup, a German National Team member and a European champion. He has accomplished much as an individual as evidenced by his ranking in Europe.  Yannick has been coached by some of the great coaches in Germany, and his foundation and technical understanding for each part of his game will enable him to compete right away. I love watching him play because he has a fun sense about his approach while demonstrating a laser focus in competition.  We are very fortunate to have Yannick and his parents, Stefan and Heike, join our program at the University of Arizona."

Jakubcik will grow the international contingency of the program alongside Malik after playing on the Czech Junior National Team at the European Boys Championship earlier this year. Jakubcik has three wins in 2021 with individual victories in Europe and the United States at the German Boys Open, Czech International Amateur Championship and the AJGA Sean Foley Performance Junior Championship. His AJGA win in Florida was especially noteworthy as he entered the event as a qualifying alternate and ended up dominating the tournament, winning by eight strokes.

"Filip's resume compares with any junior golfer in the game right now," said head coach Jim Anderson. "He has enjoyed success in the U.S. thanks to his time at school and played as well as anyone in Europe recently. He is a great ball striker both from the tee and his iron play is particularly impressive. He has received outstanding coaching at home and his academy while maintaining an independence as a player. I have been most impressed by his composure and demeanor on the golf course. Filip plays with a quiet resolve that makes looks the same on the first nine holes as he does playing the last hole with a small lead, which is an attribute we actively coach and expect from our players.  The University of Arizona will be a great home for Filip and we cannot be more excited to welcome him and his to Wildcat Golf."