HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State head coach Brandt Kieschnick announced Monday the signing of three National Letters of Intent for the 2019-20 academic year. The Kats will add international signees Ting-Wei Hsieh of Keelung, Taiwan, and Tristan Renaud of Sudbury, Canada, as well as San Antonio native Jordan Anderson.

 

“After coming off a great year and winning the conference championship, we were very fortunate to get some very deep recruiting talent interested in our program,” Kieschnick said. “I was very fortunate to get to watch these three play this summer and loved their games. They embody what we are about at Sam Houston State and what has made Bearkat golf so successful.

 

“These players compete hard, work hard, dream big, and have a passion for the game. These intangibles have made us who we are and have helped us win championships.  Ting-Wei, Tristan and Jordan will come to our program with these same qualities and continue our tradition to win championships.”

 

>>Ting-Wei Hsieh – Keelung, Taiwan

Hsieh won his 2018 US Junior Amateur Qualifier with a score of 69 and competed in the prestigious 2018 US Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club where he fired a 72-75 to make Match-Play. He placed fifth overall at the 2018 FCG International Junior Championship with rounds of 69-74-68. At the 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championship, he tied for 21st after firing 71-76-69-76 at Torrey Pines Golf Course. The Taiwan native tied for 54th overall at the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship with rounds of 73-72-73-73. Hsieh placed sixth at the 2017 Pacific Links Hills Taiwan Junior Open (75-73-72), seventh at the 2017 Taiwan Amateur Championship (80-75-71-70) and tied for 11th at the 2017 FCG International Junior Championship after shooting 72-70-69.

 

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Ting-Wei Hsieh:

“Ting-Wei has an amazing pedigree in junior golf! What I love about Ting-Wei is that he has played junior events and amateur events all over the world and has also played in some professional events in Asia. He is one of the most well-rounded recruits we’ve signed and has competed well at the Junior, Amateur, and Professional Ranks. When I saw him this summer, his game was very efficient and I was impressed with how he puts together a lot of under-par rounds on PGA Tour level golf courses. I’m very excited to have him compete for us.”

 

>>Tristan Renaud – Sudbury, Canada

Renaud, who is a member of Team Ontario, competed in the 2018 Canadian Amateur and tied 17th overall at the 2018 Golf Ontario Junior Boys after writing down 69-72-77-80 on his card. He also tied for 31st overall at the 2018 Canadian Junior boys Championship with rounds of 69-76-73-76. Renaud won the 2017 Investors Group Ontario Junior with a final round of 68 – 10 shots ahead of the runner-up. He claimed the crown at the 2018 SDJGA Chris Riley Junior with a final round of 67 and made the semifinals of the 2017 Ontario Junior Boys Match Play Championship. Firing rounds of 76-74-68-70, he tied 22nd overall at the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

 

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Tristan Renaud:

“Tristan is the kind of person and player I’m looking for. He is a mentally tough kid that has a passion for the game and passion to be the best. Tristan comes from a remote part of Canada so he has to work extra hard on his golf and travel to compete, but uses that as motivation to compete even harder. When he plays well, he wins and he has won some great events. We build our program on guys that win and I was very impressed with his Ontario Junior victory. I watched him this summer and loved his focus and competitiveness. Once he gets year-round weather, the sky is the limit for him.”

 

>>Jordan Anderson – Churchill HS, San Antonio, Texas

A letterwinner at Churchill High School, Anderson won the 2018 San Antonio Clark Regional Preview with rounds of 73-69. He placed third overall at the 2018 Northeast ISD Tournament of Champions (71-69) and finished 11th overall at the 2018 Texas Junior Masters-IMG World Qualifier (71-72-70). Anderson was named to the 2018 Express News All-Area Super Team.

 

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Jordan Anderson:

“We’ve watched Jordan for a few years and have loved his progress!  He’s learning to win and compete at a high level.  We look forward to having him join us and helping us continue to compete at a high level.”

 

Coming Up Next

The Bearkats begin their spring season on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the All-American Intercollegiate in Houston. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State soccer team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsMGolf on Twitter.