TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State men’s golf team is set to continue its strong tradition with the signing of four student-athletes to join the Seminoles for the 2015-16 school year.
Bennett Baker (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tyler Bakich (Valrico, Fla.), Corey Carlson (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) and Jonathan Keppler (Marietta, Ga.) will come to Tallahassee and join a team that reached a No. 1 ranking this fall.
“I’m extremely excited about this class,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Even with no graduating seniors, I feel these guys are talented enough to come in and not only compete but make an impact on a potentially good team.”
Bennett Baker won the 2013 AJGA Junior at Steelwood and finished second at the 2014 AJGA Innisbrook. He is ranked in the top 50 of the AJGA Polo Rankings. As a four-year varsity team member from Chiles High School, he was named the Tallahassee Democrat’s All-Big Bend Player of the Year three times.
(Bennett Baker signs his NLI)
Tyler Bakich, out of Newsome High School, won the Florida 3A State Golf Championship in 2014. He won the qualifying tournament for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2014. His mother, the late Colleen Walker, was named to Florida State Athletics’ Hall of Fame in 1991.
(Tyler Bakich signs his NLI)
Corey Carlson, out of Clay High School, finished top 10 in five amateur tournaments over the summer and had three top three finishes. He won the 2011 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Château Élan. In the 2013 Florida Azalea Amateur he finished tied for third and tied for seventh at the 2013 Jones Cup Junior Invitational.
(Corey Carlson signs his NLI)
Jonathan Keppler won the Georgia High School State Championship as a freshman at Kennesaw Mountain in 2012. He played in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. At only 14 years of age, he qualified for the Georgia Open and made the cut. He was named twice as the high school player of the year by the Marietta Daily Journal. His father Steven Keppler was an All-American at Florida State.
(Jonathan Keppler signs his NLI)
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