Men's Golf Announces Four New Additions on National Signing Day
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah men's golf head coach, Garrett Clegg, is excited to announce four new additions to the roster that will be joining the team in 2022.
With one transfer and another returning from an LDS church mission, these signees are the perfect blend of experience, youth and potential that can contribute to the program right away.
"We are thrilled with our signing class! Adding four players is usually a large class for golf, however we are losing five players to graduation. We feel like the four players we are adding each bring different strengths to improve our team and help our program continue to grow within the Pac-12 and nationally as well," coach Clegg said.
Tanner Telford | Mountain Green, Utah, Morgan High School
Telford is an experienced high-leverage golfer and will play on his high school team's varsity squad all four years. Telford contributed to multiple state championships playing for Morgan High School and won the individual state championship twice, dominating in both of them.
In the 2021 state tournament, Telford shot eight under (136) to win by eight strokes and in the 2019 state tournament, Telford shot 70 on day 1 and 67 on day 2 (137 total) to secure the championship by 15 strokes.
Tedford's go-to-club in his bag: "My Putter is my go to club in my bag because it's important to be a good putter."
"Tanner is one of three local Utahns to join this class. He is an accomplished player competing in and qualifying for some of the top junior golf tournaments around the country," Clegg said. "A few weeks ago, he dominated his high school state championship and has an ability to shoot really low scores. Tanner has a lot of speed and as he continues to refine his skill and control his golf ball, he will be ready to make a positive impact on the program the day he steps foot on campus."
Telford is the son of TJ and Stacey Telford, and has three siblings named Lauren, Ryee and Braxton.
Adding another stick to the squad??
— Utah Mens Golf (@UtesGolf) November 11, 2021
Go Nakatsukasa | San Diego, Calif., Torrey Pines High School
Nakatsukasa is an advanced ball-striker who plays as consistent as they come and is a player who coach Clegg looks forward to seeing contribute right away. At Torrey Pines High School, Nakatsukasa was named freshman player of the year.
Nakatsukasa's go-to-club in his bag: "My 60 degree because I feel like I can get up and down from anywhere."
"Go comes to us from Japan by way of San Diego. He will be graduating from Torrey Pines High School and has been an extremely consistent performer in junior golf," said Clegg. "He is currently ranked in the top 100 players in the 2022 recruiting class and has multiple top 10 finishes in the regional and national junior golf competitions. He will be a fantastic addition to our golf program."
Nakatsukasa is the son to Toranosuke and Yukari Nakatsukasa, and has four siblings named Kisaki, Coco, Nancy, and Ace.
First one of the day and plays as consistent as they come!??
— Utah Mens Golf (@UtesGolf) November 10, 2021
Brandon Robison | Centerville, Utah, Viewmont High School
After committing back in 2019, Robison went on a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Robison will return this upcoming summer and is thrilled to join a Utah golf team that is on the rise.
At Viewmont High School, Robison was a two-sport athlete playing golf and basketball. Robison lettered all four years for the golf team and also earned a letter for basketball. Robison was a guard for the basketball team and once scored 39 points in a game.
Robison's go-to-club in his bag: "My 6 Iron. I hit it very consistently and I love the look of the club at address."
"Brandon has been a long time coming. He signed with us back in 2019 and will be returning from an LDS mission this summer," Clegg said. "He was an extremely accomplished player before departing on his mission and we believe he will step right in and bring an exceptional work ethic and positive attitude to help energize the program."
Robison is the son to John and Mikell Robison, and has three siblings named Alexis, Zach and Sophia.
Ready to go flag hunting!!????
— Utah Mens Golf (@UtesGolf) November 13, 2021
Hunter Howe | Ogden, Utah, Weber High School
Howe is a transfer from Weber State University and an Ogden native playing his high school ball at Weber High School. Howe was a two-sport athlete and lettered three times for both the golf and basketball team. Howe was a point guard for the Warriors and earned All-Region honors.
At Weber State University, Howe had a stroke average of 75.80 during his freshman season and posted his season-best at the Big Sky Championships shooting even par to tie for 14th. In his Sophomore season, Howe improved his stroke average to 73.65 and shot a career-best 67 in the final round of the Sacramento State Invite to tie for 17th. In 2019-20, Howe was named to the All-Conference second team and NCAA D1 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholars.
In his most recent season, Howe won all three of his matches to help the Wildcats defeat Utah State 12.5-3.5 in the WSU-Utah State Cup.
Howe's go-to-club in his bag: "3 iron. It's easy to hit a fairway and fun to hit into par 5's for eagle/birdie chances."
"Hunter is an exceptional talent. He has played three years at Weber State and is coming to the program as a graduate transfer," said Clegg. "He adds maturity to our team and since we will not have a senior on our roster, we anticipate Hunter will step up and add depth and maturity that comes from competing in three years worth of college golf tournaments."
Howe is the son to Chad and Kami Howe, and has three siblings named Connor, Rylie and Ryder. Connor, his twin brother, is currently playing golf for Georgia Tech.
Bringing a ton of experience to the squad!
Welcome to UTAH @HunterHowe44 ??
— Utah Mens Golf (@UtesGolf) November 10, 2021