Bear Golfers Receive Three Commitments
Nov. 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State men's golf coach Neal Stafford announced Wednesday (Nov. 20) the addition of three Missouri high school standouts to his program for the 2014-15 academic year. The Bears have received official commitments from Brad Carpenter of Washington, Mo.; John Fuchs (pronounced FYOOSH) of Springfield, Mo.; and Raymund Gonzales of Ballwin, Mo.
Carpenter will enter his final season at Washington High School in the spring, already a two-time all-state performer, having placed third at state as a sophomore and 10th a year ago. He earned Gateway Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior after winning the league tournament and then followed last summer with a runner-up finish at the Junior PGA Championship Section Qualifier and a ninth-place finish at the Missouri Junior Amateur. He is the second-ranked senior in the state, according to National Junior Golf Scoreboard.
"Brad seems to stay composed no matter what the situation," said Stafford. "He has good length and doesn't curve the ball much, which is a huge asset in the windy conditions we often come across. I anticipate he'll adjust quickly to the college game."
Fuchs is a multi-sport standout at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, where he finished 10th at the state tournament last spring. He is a three-time all-conference and all-district honoree who is rated sixth in the senior class by NJGS. Fuchs also has been honored in basketball and football, where just two weeks ago, he was named the All-City Co-MVP in football, serving primarily at running back and linebacker for the Chiefs.
"I'm so pleased John's joining our program. He's the definition of student-athlete, excelling in the classroom and in multiple sports," Stafford noted. "I think the sky's the limit for him once he's able to focus on one sport. His ability to compete will be a tremendous asset in college."
Gonzales has earned most of his recognition in California before a recent move to suburban St. Louis. He was one of the top-ranked players in the state at Mission Viejo High School and ranked no. 290 in the U.S. by the American Junior Golf Association. Gonzales posted top-20 finishes in four Southern California PGA events last summer in addition to seventh place at the prestigious San Diego Junior Masters. He also placed fourth at the AJGA Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship in Springfield in July.
"Raymund has played at a high level around the world," Stafford said, "and that should be a big advantage for him as he enters the college game. He's proven the ability to shoot under par in challenging circumstances and will be a great fit for us."
The Bears recorded top-10 finishes in four of their five fall tournaments and will open their spring campaign Feb. 24 at the Snowman Getaway in Goodyear, Ariz.