Nov. 21, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golf coach Rick LaRose announced Wednesday that three student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play golf. The trio will report to the school in the Fall of 2002.
Zack Amole, Brett Carter and Blaine Peffley each inked letters-of-intent during the November early signing period. Each player has enjoyed tremendous success on the junior golf tour.
Amole, a native of Denver, Pa., earned AJGA All-America honors and is ranked among the top 25 players nationally. Amole captured medalist honors at the 2001 AJGA Hartford Jaycee's Junior Classic and finished in 11th place at the United States Junior Championship. While at Cocalico High School, Amole earned all-state accolades in 2001 and was the 2001 L&L League Champion. He's garnered all-league honors in each of the last two seasons.
"Zack has proven that he can play at the top national level," said UA head coach Rick LaRose. "He is a steady and consistent player who should be competing for a starting role very soon."
Carter, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., is the top-ranked junior player in the state of Arizona and is ranked among the top 50 junior players nationally. A 2001 AJGA Compaq Scholastic All-American, Carter was the 2001 Arizona Central Region High School Champion at Mountain Pointe High School. Cater earned all-state honors in 2000 and 2001 and was named the Tempe, Ariz., Player of the Year in those years as well. He was named all-Central Region golf team from 1998-2001, Carter was also a two-time selection to the Arizona Tribune all-East Valley golf team as well.
"Brett has a great deal of national experience and we are excited about his ability," said LaRose. "We are delighted that the number one player in Arizona will be playing for the U of A. He is certainly a valuable addition to the program."
Peffley, a native of Lebanon, Pa., is the top-ranked junior player in the nation and a 2001 AJGA All-American. He won three national events in 2001, including the AJGA Club Corp Junior Players Championship and the AJGA Marsh Junior Championship. The 2001 Pennsylvania high school Player of the Year, Peffley won the state championship last year at Cedar Crest High School and was an all-state selection in 2000 and 2001. A five-time all-league selection, Peffley also qualified for the 2000 United States Junior Championship.
"Blaine had one of the very best records of any junior player in the country in 2001," said LaRose. "He is a player that is capable of shooting very low scores and will certainly be a factor in the future of Wildcat golf."
The Wildcats, ranked No. 11 in the current Golf World College Golf Coaches' Poll, will next be in action on Feb. 4-5 at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate.