Nov. 15, 2013
University of Minnesota head men's golf coach John Carlson and assistant coach Tyler Stith have announced the signing of Charlie Duensing and Riley Johnson to National Letters of Intent. Duensing and Johnson will join the Golden Gophers for the 2014-15 season.
"Our 2014 recruiting class boasts two players that have an outstanding amateur and junior golf record," Carlson said. "With the loss of three seniors that have helped bring Gopher Golf back into national prominence, Charlie and Riley will have big shoes to fill. They will join a very strong, highly ranked and hard-working team of seven players for the 2014-15 season. Coach Stith and I are thrilled with the addition of Charlie Duensing and Riley Johnson into our Gopher Golf family."
Duensing, a Sandy, Utah, native, currently attends Brighton High School. He is a four-time all-state and all-region golfer who holds both the Brighton and region record for lowest region tournament score with a 10-under 62. Duensing tied for seventh at the 2013 Utah Class 5A tournament in October and held a 69.3 stroke average his senior season with the Bengals. During the summer, he tied for 14th at the Eddie Hogan Cup, and has competed in the Junior PGA Championship the past two years.
In 2012, Duensing won six of 11 Utah Junior Golf Association tournaments. He also tied for 12th at the Junior America's Cup with a three-round total of 214, and tied for 41st at the Junior World Championship. The son of Steve and Kari Duensing, he is a National Honor Society member who holds a 3.98 grade point average.
"Charlie boasts one of the lowest high school scoring averages ever recruited into the Gopher Golf program," Carlson said. "His 69.3 scoring average that included three bogey-free rounds in his 2013 high school season capped off a very impressive Utah state high school career. His attention to academics as well as his detailed tournament preparation will undoubtedly serve him well as a student-athlete at the University of Minnesota. We also expect Charlie to make an immediate impact on our roster, the Big Ten and the national collegiate scene."
Johnson, the top-rated junior in his state, will join the Gophers from Fargo, N.D. The 2012 North Dakota Class A champion has earned all-state and all-region accolades three times. He also earned his fourth All-Eastern Dakota Conference honor in 2013 and went on to finish seventh at the state tournament. Johnson qualified for the 2013 USGA Junior Amateur tournament.
The five-time letterwinner was the Fargo Moorhead Junior Amateur champion in 2012, the same year he won the state high school title. Johnson's individual state championship, with scores of 72 and 71, helped West Fargo win the team crown. Johnson is a two-time qualifier for the Big I National Amateur Golf Tournament. The son of Randy and Marilee Johnson, he is an honor student who has three times been named student of the month and is involved in the community.
"Riley will certainly add to the high level of competition within our current roster," Carlson said. "He is passionate, gritty and determined each and every day at the golf course. As evidenced by his No. 1 junior ranking in the state of North Dakota, he has shown the ability to post rounds in the mid 60's, which will provide invaluable confidence at the collegiate level. Family is a big part of the tradition of Gopher Golf and Riley has an incredibly supportive family. We expect Riley to make an immediate impact the day he sets foot on campus."
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