Tuesday November 15, 2011UF Men's Golf Signs Three for 2012-13
The University of Florida men’s golf team has signed three standouts, Billy Anderson (DeLand, Fla.), A.J. Crouch (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Conor Richardson (West Palm Beach, Fla.), who will compete for the Gators in the 2012-13 season, head coach Buddy Alexander announced today.
“We’re really excited about bringing in these three guys and feel they will give our program a huge boost,” Alexander said. “All three are extremely talented and we expect them all to compete for playing time right away.”
Anderson comes to the Gators after a successful stint at Brevard Community College. While with the Titans, Anderson captured the 2011 NJCAA Individual National Championship, was named a first team NJCAA All-American and took home the prestigious Arnold Palmer Award. Anderson has also had success on the amateur level as he won the Florida State Public Links Championship this summer by five strokes at MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando and competed in the 2011 National Public Links.
“We haven’t taken many junior college kids during my time here so I think that shows how special I think Billy is,” said Alexander. “He was a late bloomer who developed into one of the best players in junior college. We’re really excited to have him and expect him to play right away.”
Crouch, who was recently named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American is rated the No. 21 prospect by Golfweek and No. 40 by the AJGA. Crouch has an impressive junior resume with five top-20 finishes over the past year. In his last three AJGA events, Crouch has tallied three top-10 finishes including a tie for fourth at the prestigious Southern Junior. Additionally, Crouch finished sixth at the Western Junior at the Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Crouch also put together an impressive high school career, finishing as the Florida state runner-up in 2010 and finishing third, while helping his Bolles School team capture the state title, in 2011.
“A.J. is a very dynamic player who is very long and athletic,” Alexander said. “He is a terrific player and kid and we expect him to have a big impact on our program.”
Richardson, another recent honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, is rated the No. 38 prospect by the AJGA. Richardson also has a successful junior record with top-10 finishes in two prestigious events, a tie for ninth at the FootJoy Invitational and a runner-up finish at the TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O’Hair. Additionally, Richardson was a standout in the high school ranks finishing sixth at the Florida state championships in 2011 and helping his Cardinal Newman team to a state championship in 2010.
“Conor has very solid junior record and excellent golf fundamentals,” said Alexander. “He’s a great student and kid who has a ton of potential both on and off the course.”