Each year, the IJGA hosts students from all across the country and all around the world. Each individual comes to the IJGA with a different set of talents and skills and a personalized plan for his or her future – all of which become the main goal. For nine special IJGA students, yesterday, November 12, 2014, went down in history as the day they began their futures.
Every year, the NCAA observes a specific date that signifies an early period for college commitments. This year, November 12, was that date. On this date, students can officially sign their National Letter of Intent (NLI), a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
After hours, days, weeks and years of hard work and commitment both on the golf course and in the classroom, nine of the IJGA’s senior class sat front and center at a ceremony to make their commitments.
In a formal ceremony held at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., the juniors, along with coaches, staff, family and friends, joined together to celebrate the momentous occasion. Dressed sporting their future school colors, all nine juniors sat before the crowd to sign their National Letters of Intent. The list of schools to which the juniors signed is as follows:
Aaron Terrazas: Oklahoma University
Kelly Whaley: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Masato Yoshitsugu: Hawai’i Pacific University
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang: University of North Texas
Keshav Sharma: Erskine College
Derrick Villarreal: Charleston Southern University
Clementina Rodriguez: University of Washington
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob: California State University- Northridge
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng: University of Wisconsin
The IJGA family extends our proudest congratulations to each junior. Watching you grow and improve over your time at the IJGA has made us proud and we cannot wait to cheer for you as you move on to another level of competitive golf!
For more photos from the Early Signing Ceremony, click here.