Nov. 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana men's golf signed three student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period this month, head coach Mike Mayer announced on Tuesday.
Joining the Hoosiers will be Brendon Doyle (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS), Christian Fairbanks (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North HS) and Matthew Weber (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central HS).
"We are thrilled to have all three of these outstanding prospects join our program and our Hoosier family in the fall of 2014," Mayer said. "They bring a wealth of talent and experience and will help this program continue to grow, both athletically and academically. We expect all three to compete immediately and make major impacts both in the Big Ten Conference as well as nationally."
Here are brief bios on each of the three signees along with Coach Mayer's thoughts on each one:
Earned four letters in golf at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky. ... named to the 2013 All-State Golf Team and helped his team to a runner-up finish at the state golf championship with rounds of 69 and 70 ... claimed the regional team championship this fall and earned individual medalist honors with a 69 ... tied for second place at the 2012 AJGA Greenbriar Classic as well as the Big I National Championship ... recorded a T3 finish at the 2012 Bubba Conlee National Championship with rounds of 71, 69 and 70 ... also helped his team to a runner-up finish at the state championship in 2012 ... is ranked No. 41 in the class of 2014 according to Junior Golf Scoreboard and No. 45 according to Golfweek ... is the son of John and Lori Doyle ... has one older sister, Olivia, and one younger brother, Drew.
Mayer on Doyle:
"Brendon has had an outstanding summer highlighted by top finishes in numerous national tournaments. He is a great ball striker with a very strong mental component, which will serve him well at the collegiate level. He is currently ranked in the top 50 in the country in the two major junior ranking services and I expect that number to keep improving as he continues to develop. He comes from a great golf background and gets tremendous support and encouragement from his family and will join our program looking to make a major impact."
Competed in the 2012 USGA Junior Amateur at the Country Club of New England ... finished 37th at the AJGA Under Armour/Jeff Overton Junior tournament ... tied for 14th at the 2013 IHSAA State Championship as an individual and helped his team to a runner-up finish ... also helped Columbus North to a team runner-up finish at the state tournament in 2011 ... was medalist at the 2012 Indiana Age-Group Championship ... tied for third at the Indiana Boys State Junior Championship with a score of 153 at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette ... is the son of John and Melissa Fairbanks...has a younger brother, Spencer.
Mayer on Fairbanks:
"It's always nice to get great players from our own state and I feel that Christian Fairbanks is one of the best. I first saw him at the USGA Junior Championship in New England and immediately fell in love with his game, his family, and his demeanor. He has tremendous upside and I think he will develop into an outstanding Hoosier golfer."
Finished as a runner-up in the 2013 2A Illinois State Championship after rounds of 71 and 72 ... closed with a final round 70 on his way to an eighth place finish at the AJGA Under Armour/Jeff Overton Junior tournament ... came in 18th at the Illinois Open and 17th at the Western Junior at Meridian Hills Country Club ... posted a T5 finish at the 2012 AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open ... ranked as the 71strecruit in the 2014 class by Golfweek and 114th by Junior Golf Scoreboard ... parents are Mark Weber and Jeanne Hem...has a younger sister, Sara.
Mayer on Weber:
"Matthew has played in numerous national junior and amateur tournaments throughout the United States, which has enabled him to become one of the best, and toughest, players in the country. He is as tough a competitor as I have ever recruited and I expect him to bring that competitive spirit with him to IU, which will allow him to compete at the highest level."