IU Men's Golf Signs Four Recruits
Nov. 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Mike Mayer announced the signing of four recruits for next season's freshman class on Wednesday, Nov. 18. John Beringer, Michael McGee, Brant Peaper and Corey Ziedonis will be each be donning the Cream and Crimson for the 2009-10 season of IU Men's Golf.
"This class has all the makings of being a very special group of kids," said Mayer. "They all have a wealth of national junior experience and they will come in and contribute right away. Not only will they be expected to maintain our national ranking and status, they will be expected to elevate it even further."
Beringer comes from Lovemark, Ohio, and played at Moeller High School. He tied for third individually while leading his team to a fourth place finish at the 2008 Ohio State High School Championships. Beringer took medalist honors at the '08 Future Collegiate World Tour (FCWT) Yankee Trace Open. He also shot a first-round score of 69 en route to a third place finish in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Nationwide Insurance Junior event with a three-round total of 220. In the Golfweek Junior Rankings, Beringer comes in at 110 for his class. John is the son of Walt and Sara Beringer.
"John is the complete package both academically and athletically," said Mayer. "He has a true passion for the game of golf. The physical ability he possesses will enable him to develop into a great player."
McGee hails from Kansas City, Mo., where he led Rockhurst High School to a 2008 state championship. A three-round score of 211 (69-66-76) earned him second-place at the 28th Annual Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament . He followed that up with an 11th-place showing at the AJGA Midwest Junior Championship and 12th-place performance in the Western Junior Championship which included a final round 6-under par 66. He comes in at 118 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings. Michael is the son of Tom and Jill McGee and has two siblings, Patrick and Jackie.
"Michael has all the ability necessary to be a great collegiate player," said Mayer. "His play at national tournaments like the Bubba Conlee and Western Junior this summer was outstanding and indicates what he is capable of doing."
Peaper travels the furthest to come to Bloomington, originating from Tequesta, Fla. He carded a 150 (76-74) to finish in tie for fifth place at the 2008 Florida High School Championships, guiding The Benjamin School to runner-up honors in the team standings. He claimed three top-25 finishes at prominent events in 2008, including 12th-place at the AJGA Junior Classic after firing scores of 76 and 71. In addition, he played in Sea Island, Ga., for the Western Junior Championship (25th place) and in Miami, Fla., taking 10th at the Optimist International Championship. Peaper is ranked 80th in the class of '09 Golfweek Junior Rankings. Brant is the son of Brian and Victoria Peaper and has a sister, Nicole.
"It's great to get a player from southern Florida to come up to Bloomington and play golf," said Mayer. "Brant bleeds Cream and Crimson. He loves the school and this program. He will be a force to reckon with in college golf."
Ziedonis is native Hoosier, playing for Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. He and his team dominated the '08 Indiana State Championships, winning both the individual and team titles. He defeated future teammate and current IU freshman golfer Chase Wright in a sudden death playoff to win the individual medalist honors. In October, Ziedonis grabbed another title, winning the inaugural Hoosier Junior Championships at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus. He also placed fifth in the AJGA Bluegrass Junior Championships after shooting 217 (75-70-72). He is ranked 110th in Golfweek class of '09 Junior Rankings. Corey is the son of Vali and Jeanine Ziedonis.
"It's always nice to get your high school state champion and your state's best player," said Mayer. "We think we've done just that with Corey. He has an outstanding record in the state and throughout the country."
The 2008-09 Indiana Hoosiers begin their spring schedule on Feb. 13-14, competing in the Big Ten Match Play Championship down in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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