Men's Golf Team Signs Four Players
April 12, 2000
Memphis, TN - The University of Memphis men's golf team has added four players to its roster for the 2000-01 season. The group includes three American players, David Jeans, Art Lynch and Allan Thomas and one European, Frederik Kolderup.
"I'm very pleased that these four young men have chosen the University of Memphis to continue their education and further their golf careers," said Memphis head coach Jim Cook. "They all have outstanding high school credentials and have played in some very demanding competition. I know they will be a nice fit with our returning team members."
Jeans, a native of Memphis, who moved with his family to Florence, Alabama, attended Bradshaw High School where he lettered for four years in golf. He has twice been named to the Alabama All-State team and has participated in numerous national tournaments. Jeans won the 1996 Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club Junior Club Championship becoming the youngest player ever to win the title. He repeated the feat in 1998. He helped lead his team to the Terri Pines Invitational championship in 1997 and the Alabama 5A State Championship in 1998. An honor student, Jeans is a member of Who's Who Among American High School Students, the student council, and Future Business Leaders of America.
Lynch is the reigning Idaho State High School champion. The Fruitland, Idaho, native won the 1998 Idaho Junior Golf State Championship and was the runner-up in the Pacific Northwest Junior Match Play Championship. Lynch won the 1999 USGA Junior Amateur qualifier and made the cut in the 1999 USGA Junior Amateur before losing in the match play round.
Thomas, who comes to Memphis from Conway, Arkansas, where as an honor student, he lettered for four years as a golf team member. In 1998, he finished second in the Bruce Jenkins Memorial Tournament and tied for second in the ASGA Junior Stroke Play Tournament. In 1999, Thomas won the Hot Springs Junior Invitational and the Monticello Junior Stroke Play Tournament. He finished second in the Ben I. Mayo Junior Invitational and tied for second in the Bill Blackwell Junior Stroke. Thomas was selected to represent the state of Arkansas team in the Ozark Junior Challenge, a team competition between Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Kolderup is just the second European to ever play for the Memphis men's golf team. A native of Haslum, Norway, Kolderup finished fourth in the 1999 Norwegian National Championships. He placed third in the Vestfold Open and fourth in the Rommen Open on the Norwegian Tour for Amateurs. Playing as a member of the Baerum Golf Club team, Kolderup helped his squad to the bronze medal in the Norwegian National Team Championships in 1999. He also represented Norway in the Canon under-21 European Championships and in the Challenge Tour.