HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State men’s golf has inked three players to its 2018 class, including a pair of student-athletes from the greater Houston area and another from Mexico City, head coach Brandt Kieschnick announced Saturday.
The class includes Luis Carrera, the No. 1 junior golfer in Mexico; Jack Randle, the 2017 District 12-6A champion and Grayson Blunt, the 2017 21-6A District Championship runner-up. In all, Kieschnick has ample reason to be thrilled with the incoming class.
The Bearkats recently wrapped up their 2017 fall season, capturing top-five results in five of six tournaments. Sam Houston ranks No. 57 nationally, the second-highest ranking in program history. The ranking comes after the Kats bested three top-50 programs in its fall finale from Hawaii.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the signing class…
"I couldn’t be more excited about this class. The depth of talent coming in just shows the high standards our current players have established in our golf program. Luis comes in ranked #1 in his country! Jack and Grayson represent our goal to get very good Texas players. Our program is founded on the right type of player and kid! Bearkat Golf is about developing talented competitors who work hard, dream big, have passion for the game, and love to win. These three guys embody those aspects that have made our team successful on and off the golf course. We are very fortunate to have them join the Bearkat Golf Family and they will help us continue to win Championships!!”
Luis Carrera | Mexico City, Mexico Junior Golf:
Ranked #1 Junior in Mexico in overall as well as 2018 class and ranked #53 in U.S. nationally in class of 2018 – Junior Golf Scoreboard . . . Represented Mexico at Prestigious Toyota Junior World Cup in 2016 & 2017 and Junior America’s Cup in 2016 & 2017 . . . 2nd at 2016 International Junior Masters with rounds of 75-69 . . . t-4th at 2016 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship firing 75-73-75-70 . . .shot 70-72 to finish 6th in stroke play rounds of 2016 AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic . . . 7th at 2016 AJGA Under Armour hosted by Jordan Spieth with rounds of 76-76-69 . . . 24th at 2016 IMG Junior World Championship firing 74-75-72-77 . . . Finished 13th at 2017 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship with rounds of 77-74-70-76 . . . 1st Alternate at 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur firing 69 in Qualifying . . . 16th at 2017 AJGA Foley Performance Academy @EaglesDream Junior Championship with rounds of 73-74-74.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Luis Carrera…
“Luis is a national player and has represented his country at the highest level. Being # 1 in Mexico shows that he has the drive to be the best, works hard and sets his goals high! This is what we are looking for in for in our players and Luis fits that model well! I love that Luis has played all over the world and has tested his game in many places. More importantly, Luis is a great, humble kid and comes from a great family! Luis is a great addition to this program and will help us continue to win championships and achieve great things!”
Jack Randle | The Woodlands, TX
Junior Golf: Won 2017 District 12-6A Championship with rounds of 75-71 . . . 2nd at 2017 TJGT Texas State Match Play Invitational firing 69 in stroke play portion and made it to Championship match finishing Runner-Up . . . 4th at prestigious 2017 LJT Byron Nelson Junior Championship firing 70-72-74 . . . 7th at AJGA Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed Junior Championship with rounds of 72-76-74 . . . 13th at 2017 LJT Texas Cup Invitational firing 72-74 . . . 8th at 2016 AJGA Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed Junior Championship with rounds of 69-74-76
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Jack Randle…
“Jack joins our list of solid, talented players from Texas. We want to get great Texas players that have drive, dream big and work hard. This guy is a work-horse and loves the everyday grind of competing, getting better, and working hard to win!! He comes to a program of like-minded players and coaches. Also, Jack has great golf IQ! He’s had some great finishes in big events and he has been successful because of the way he manages his game and thinks around the course. That is the essence of our program and we are excited to have him join the Bearkat Golf Family to help us continue to play at the highest level!”
Grayson Blunt | Kingwood, TX Junior Golf:
Won 2016 Fall Region Preview with rounds of 70-70 . . . 2nd at 2017 21-6A District Championship firing 72-70 . . . 2nd at 2017 TJGT The Woodlands Championship firing 71-74 . . . 2nd at 2017 STPGA Spring Break Classic with rounds of 73-73. . . 4th at 2016 Dick Harmon Memorial Invitational with rounds of 77-70 . . . t-4th at 2017 Region III 6A Preview firing 72-74 . . . t-14th at 2017 6A UIL Texas State High School Championship with rounds of 71-74 . . . 22nd at 2017 AJGA Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed Junior Championship firing 77-76-76 . . . plays for Former Bearkat Golf Standout, Jeff Bellnap, at Kingwood High School.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Grayson Blunt…
“Grayson is another grinder and very talented. He’s not afraid to work and loves being at the golf course. He’s mainly played local junior golf around Houston and Texas and has played very well. Also, I love that he plays for former Bearkat great, Jeff Bellnap, in high school who is a great player and has taught him the little things that great players do. Again, Grayson is a great fit for our program who will help us compete for championships and we are excited to bring him in to the family!”