TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golf continues to attract some of the nation’s top amateur talent, signing three members to its 2022 signing class in Luke Clanton (Hialeah, Fla.), Sam Kodak (Naples, Fla.) and Jack Bigham (St. Albans, England).
“We are excited to have three talented players to embrace the traditions that have been set at Florida State Golf,” FSU Head Coach Trey Jones said. “They are a very physically talented group that we expect will arrive on campus next fall with a lot of momentum. We are expecting them to help us compete for a national championship.”
Clanton honed in his talents at American Heritage High School, where he was recently named a First Team AJGA Rolex Junior All-American in 2021. Clanton was also a member of the Junior Ryder Cup, the Wyndham Cup East Team and is ranked in the Top 7 by Golfweek (fourth) and the AJGA Polo rankings (seventh).
“I’ve been waiting two years to get Luke into our locker room,” Jones added. “We know he will make an immediate impact.”
He has enjoyed strong finishes in tournaments over the years, tying for second at the Dustin Johnson World Junior (69-72-74) and tying for third at the 73rd United States Junior Amateur Championship (72-72). Some other top five finishes include placing fourth at the Sean Foley Performance Junior Championship (74-74-71) and third at the Maridoe Junior Invitational 2020 (71-75-72).
“I’m excited to join an elite squad, and I’m ready to spend my next four years with great people,” Clanton said.
Kodak comes from Naples High School and was crowned as the 2020-2021 Southwest Florida Sports Boys Golfer of the Year. He is a Top 20 golfer in the talent-rich state of Florida, ranking 18th according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings.
“We’ve built our program based on signing the best players in Florida,” Jones said. “Sam is one of them and we are looking forward to getting him on campus.”
In 2019, Kodak earned runner up at two Florida Junior Tournaments held at Eagle Creek (69-72) as well as another at Crandon Park Country Club (74-76). He has some impressive Top 10 finishes to add with tying for sixth at the FJT PGA National Open (72-73) and seventh at the Eagle Creek Open II 2020 (73-74).
“I’m excited to be able to join an elite team at Florida State, being led by the best coaches in the country,” Kodak said. “I am ready to be a Seminole.”
Bigham is another top-notch talent from Europe who makes his way to Tallahassee. In the U18 European Rankings he ranked second, and was a 2021 member of England Senior team at Men’s Home Internationals.
“We are really excited to have Jack,” Jones said. “As the 2021 British Boys Champion, he’s proven he can play on a big stage.”
The England native shot an 8-under (69-67) en route to winning the R&A Boys Amateur Championship in 2021. He also made it to the quarterfinals of the English Amateur Championship, tying for fifth in the stroke play portion. Among several other high finishes, Bigham placed third in the English U18 Championship 2021 (69-72-68-76).
“This is an important step toward my future goals,” Bigham said. “Signing at such a great university feels pivotal in this step.”
Florida State Men’s Golf, which is fresh off being the No. 1 overall seed in the 2021 NCAA Championship, begins its spring season at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate on Feb. 14.