Men's Golf Adds Notre Dame Transfer Tucker Clark
BOULDER — University of Colorado men's golf coach Roy Edwards has completed his 2022-23 recruiting class with the addition of Tucker Clark, who is transferring to the CU program from the University of Notre Dame.
One of the nation's top recruits in the 2020 freshman class, Clark played his true freshman season for the Fighting Irish, appearing in all seven tournaments that spring with four top 25 finishes. He redshirted last season while recovering from elbow and ankle injuries and will have three years to play three in eligibility for the Buffaloes.
For spring '21 season (there was no competition in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic), he finished fourth on the Irish with a 72.52 stroke average (for 21 rounds), with bests of 65 (7-under) for 18 holes and 205 (11-under) for 54, the latter two being team bests. Seventeen of those rounds counted toward Notre Dame's team score, and he owned a subpar percentage of 21.3 (78 birdies and two eagles for 378 holes played). Clark tied for 20th in his first collegiate meet, Florida State's Camp Creek Seminole Invitational (217, +1), and also led the team in the Stitch Intercollegiate when he tied for seventh with an 11-under 205 effort (65-74-66).
"We were very happy when Tucker told us he was going to become a Buff," Edwards said. "He is an amazing talent who can shoot some very low scores. Tucker was a player who was very highly-recruited in high school and a guy we really wanted then and are fortunate to have now. We look forward to him having a great career here at Colorado."
Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked him as the No. 15 player in the nation for the Class of 2020, based on his high school and junior golf accomplishments. He led Arcadia High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to a pair of state titles, and claimed the individual crown when the Titans won the second time in 2018, turning in a 6-under 64 scorecard. In 2017, he was the Antigua National High School Invitational individual champion (70-68—138, -6), with Arcadia also claiming the team title. A nominee for both the 2017 and 2018 Arizona High School Athlete of the Year, he was an Arizona Junior Golf Ambassador six years.
Some of his top amateur accomplishments included wins in the 2020 Indianapolis GCAA Amateur Series and the Junior Golf Association of Arizona Willie Low Invitational; that same year he finished third in the Rolex Tournament of Champions (7-under 71-72-71-67—281). In 2019, he took runner-up honors in the AJGA Sergio Garcia (212, -4) and in the Bryce Molder Invitational (66-70—136, -6), while capturing third in the Arizona Junior Stroke Play (67-72-65—204, -9)
He was ranked 31st in the final AJGA rankings, was a two-time Rolex Junior Honorable Mention All-American (2019, 2020), as he recorded six top five AJGA efforts. Over the course of his JGA of Arizona career, he played in 82 tournaments, with eight wins, 10 runner-up finishes and eight third place efforts. One of his more impressive wins came in the 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Golf Qualifier at Raven Golf Club in Phoenix, when he posted a 67-65—132 score, or 12-under par.
"I am looking forward to joining the team and am thankful that Coach Edwards and Coach (Derek) Tolan have given me this opportunity," Clark said. "I am really excited to get to work and be part of a young team and helping make a run at the Pac-12 and NCAA championships."
Clark cited several factors in choosing the Buffaloes over several other suitors.
"The facilities, Boulder as a town, the coaching staff and the young team were all very appealing to me," he said. "I was blown away when I took my visit, it exceeded all expectations and it just felt like home to me."
Clark joins a young but talented CU roster, which features just one senior this fall. Otherwise, he will be one of six sophomores with three freshmen rounding out the '22-23 Buffaloes.