Utah Men’s Golf Inks Three on National Signing Day
SALT LAKE CITY – Head Coach Garrett Clegg announced the addition of three student-athletes to the 2023 signing class for the University of Utah men's golf program on Wednesday.
This group includes two international players, as well as the second California golfer to join the roster in the last two seasons.
"We're excited to announce the addition of what we anticipate to be one of the top signing classes in our program's history," said Clegg. "We're continuing a trend of being an international program and in the 2023 class, we'll add two players from outside the U.S. in Gabriel Palacios from Guatemala and Sergio Jimenez from Spain. Our third member of the class is Luke Price, who comes to us from Northern California and will join the program in the fall of 2025."
Gabriel Palacios | Guatemala City, Guatemala – American School of Guatemala
Gabriel Palacios' work on the links made him the No. 1 junior golfer in Guatemala and he also owns the second-highest spot in the World Amateur Golf Rankings among Guatemalans. His work in 2021 included three top 10 finishes, one of which was a victory at the National Guatemalan Junior Championships.
So far in 2022, Palacios has recorded first place finishes at the Central American Amateur Championship and the Toyota Junior Qualifier, posting scores of 1-under at both events. He also finished as the runner-up at the Copa Volcanes, shooting 16-under, and was 4-under at the World Amateur Team Championships.
Gabriel Palacios, the No. 1 junior golfer in Guatemala, is officially a Ute!??
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"Gabriel is the top amateur golfer in his home country of Guatemala," said Clegg. "He has had success competing all over the world in junior and amateur events and his resume is packed with international wins and high finishes. We expect him to make our team a lot better the moment he arrives on campus."
Gabriel is the son of Miguel and Katya Palacios and has two siblings, Katerina and Miguel Jr.
Luke Price | Rocklin, California – Rocklin High School
Luke Price put together a high school career that saw him earn four consecutive all-league selections and lead Rocklin High School to a pair of Sierra Foothill League Championships. Price also served as his team's captain for three seasons.
On the amateur circuit, Price's accomplishments include taking second at the Sacramento City Junior Easter Championship, where he shot 2-under, as well as a sixth-place finish in the Utah State Junior Amateur tournament with another score of 2-under, just one stroke behind future Utah teammate Tanner Telford. He also played in the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes and has multiple top 12 finishes in the American Junior Golf Association to his credit.
Say hello to our newest Ute, Luke Price!
Price, who will join the team in 2025, is a four-time all-league selection and won two league titles while at Rocklin High School!
Welcome to Utah, Luke! pic.twitter.com/YhjqqEkzH7
— Utah Mens Golf (@UtesGolf) November 10, 2022
"Luke is a great player from northern California," said Clegg. "He has family ties to the University of Utah and is a stable, consistent player. He has a fantastic golf swing and is consistently in contention in every tournament. Luke will serve a mission after graduating from high school and begin with the team in 2025."
Luke is the son of Jeremy and Angie Price and has three siblings, Addie, Lily and Charlotte. Luke's father, Jeremy, played golf in college at UC Davis. He also has two grandparents who went to school at Utah.
Sergio Jimenez Romero | Madrid, Spain - Tajamar
The list of accomplishments for Sergio Jimenez Romero include winning the Spanish Open P&P in 2019, where he shot 18-under. One year later, he claimed Spain's U-16 championship, followed by a U-18 title in 2021. During that same year, he earned a silver medal in the European Young Master U-16 tournament and also helped his team take fifth in the European Boys Team Championship.
In 2022, Romero has added a pair of top five finishes, first at the Copa Comunidad Valenciana and again at the Campeonato de Barcelona, where he placed third. Romero also helped his team move up to third place at the 2022 European Boys Team Championship.
Madrid?Salt Lake City
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"Sergio is one of the top golfers in Spain," said Clegg. "He has represented his country in a number of international competitions and has had a lot of success competing for Spain, as well as in his home country. Sergio is excited to join his countryman Javier and continue the Spanish tradition of success at the University of Utah. We anticipate that Sergio, like Gabriel, will make an immediate positive impact on our team's results."
Sergio is the son of Felix and Rosa Romero.
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