Nov. 21, 2012
Three recruits have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the University of Minnesota golf team, head coach John Carlson announced today. Jose Mendez Vargas, Matt Rachey and Grady Meyer will begin competing with the Golden Gophers in fall of 2013.
“We’re excited to have signed our 2013 class which will rank as one of the premier classes in the Big Ten,” Carlson said.
Vargas is currently 170th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, ninth-best in the class of 2013. In 2012, the San Jose, Costa Rica, native won the Costa Rica Match Play Championship, the Central American Amateur Championship, the National Junior Stroke Play Championship, and the Central American Junior Championship. He finished 14th at the Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
“Jose is going to bring a lot to the team from a leadership standpoint,” Carlson said. “He is highly ranked, and his skill has been on display in tournaments both nationally and internationally.”
Rachey has played varsity golf at Waconia High School since seventh grade. He tied for fourth at the 2012 Minnesota Class 3A state tournament, which he has played in three times. He has been named All-Conference, All-Area, All-State, and Academic All-State with a 4.0 GPA. Rachey qualified for the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur. He was the 2011 Minnesota Junior PGA Players Tour Series champion and a member of the 2012 Minnesota Junior PGA Cup team.
“Matt’s an outstanding student and an outstanding athlete” Carlson said. “Matt’s athleticism has helped him to be one of the premier ball strikers in the state.”
Meyer joins the Gophers out of Shanley High School in Fargo, N.D. He won the North Dakota Junior Golf Championships in 2011 and 2012. Meyer earned high school All-Region and All-Eastern Dakota Conference honors in 2011 and 2012. His team won the 2011 state title and finished second in 2012. The All-State golfer owns a stroke average of 73, and has a 3.9 GPA in the classroom.
“Grady’s a two-time North Dakota junior champion, and he has also won a state title in football,” Carlson said. “Similar to Matt, he will bring athleticism to the team. He’ll bring a winning mindset to a team with a lot of young talent, and he will serve as a leader for future recruits.”