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Edwards Adds Third Recruit to Men's Golf '22 Class

Mar 1, 2022
Keilch shot a 61 ... as a 16-year old in U.S. Open qualifying in 2019.

            BOULDER — University of Colorado men's golf coach Roy Edwards has added to his 2022 recruiting class, as he has signed Robby Keilch from Newport Beach, Calif., to a letter-of-intent.
            As a senior at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, a year ago last spring he led his team to the 2021 Trinity League Championship and CIF Division 1 title.  He took the "gap" year off between high school and college but competed in several amateur events, and with some very impressive results.
            "The extra year provided by taking a gap year has afforded me extra time to truly evaluate what I wanted for my next step in my golf career and educational focus," Keilch said.  "After evaluating many schools and their educational opportunities, I decided on CU for several reasons. 
            "CU is a top-notch university with an excellent school of business, which will be my area of focus," he said.  "The highly competitive schedule played by CU will afford me the opportunity to compete against some of the best college players in the country on a regular basis.  I believe the playing and practice facilities rival the best programs in the country and along with a highly talented roster, I am confident that Coach Edwards and Assistant Coach (Derek) Tolan will bring out the best of us as we pursue both conference and national success."
            The COVID-19 pandemic cancelled all high school competition in the state of California his junior year, thus he was left to compete in the few amateur tournaments available to him.  Undeterred, he led Mater Dei in scoring average as a senior, with a 34.8 figure computed for 9-hole dual matches.
            As a 16-year old in the 2019 U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, Calif., he ran away from the field in setting a course record 9-under par 61, a mark that still stands.  In winning by six strokes, he hit all 14 fairways on his way to scoring an eagle and nine birdies on the par-70 track; he had a 29 when he made the turn.  Earlier that year, he claimed the PGA Section Toyota Cup Championship at Industry (Calif.) Hills, winning by six shots after carding a 70-62—142 (10-under) performance (the 62 established the new low round for the event). 
            He was the medalist – and only player under par – in the 2021 U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Mission Viejo (Calif.) Country Club, as he recorded a 3-under 70-69—139 scorecard.  He turned a very steady two rounds with seven birdies, 26 pars, two bogeys and a double in winning by three strokes.  He missed the cut in the U.S. Amateur, as he opened with an 83 that left him well behind the projected cut, but he did rally to shoot a 1-over 71 in the second round.
            Keilch also finished seventh in the 2021 Northern California Open at Coyote Creek Golf Club (in Morgan Hill) with a 5-under 71-71-69—211 effort, finishing as the second low amateur in the event.
            Other top efforts include a second place in the 2021 Agave Amateur at Shadow Hills Golf Club (Indio, Calif.) with a 68-66-71—205 (-8) score and a ninth-place tie in the Desert Amateur at Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz., with a 3-under 213 effort.  Both events are part of the Saguaro Amateur Series that was co-created by CU's Edwards in 2014. 
            "We're really excited to add Robby to the '22 class and to our team starting this fall," Edwards said.  "He's shot some of the lowest rounds in Southern California junior golf of any player in recent memory, and did so some very good courses.  He used the gap year to really take advantage of it in a positive way and we feel really fortunate to add him to the class."
Last November, Edwards signed Hunter Swanson, a senior at Denver's Northfield High School and Ty Holbrook, a senior at Granbury (Texas) High School, both of whom have extensive prep and amateur resumes.
(His last name is pronounced "kelch" … the i is silent.)