Men’s Golf Signs Two for 2017-18 Season

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team has added two golfers for the 2017-18 season as head coach Grant Robbins announced the signing of Kyle Vance and Brian Choe to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

“We are very excited to have Kyle and Brian join our program,” Robbins said. “We are committed to competing at the highest level of college golf, and it is a testament to all the great things going on at K-State that we are able to attract players of their caliber. We look for them to be a big part of our future.”

One of the highest-ranked players to ever sign with K-State, Vance joins the Wildcats from Methacton High School in Audobon, Pennsylvania. A dual-sport athlete who also plays varsity basketball, Vance currently ranks 13th in the Class if 2017 in the AJGA Polo Rankings, 17th in the Golfweek Junior Amateur Rankings and 20th by Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Vance has won multiple junior championships in addition to performing at a high level in some of those most prestigious events in the country. Vance’s victories include the 2015 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Talbot Junior and the 2016 AJGA Philadelphia Junior Championships. Earlier this year, he posted a third-place finish in the National Junior PGA Championship, finished 15th in the Western Junior, 24th in the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and advanced to match play in the 2016 US Junior Amateur, each considered Majors of junior golf.

“Kyle is a tremendous person who will make an impact on our program both on and off the course,” Robbins said. “He has the personality, attitude and work ethic that is infectious. On the course, he is an intense competitor and has demonstrated success at the highest level of junior golf.”

Choe, a senior at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas, is the seventh-ranked player in the state of Texas according to Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard, while he is 55th in the nation in the Golfweek Junior Amateur rankings. Choe holds seven top-10 finishes in AJGA events dating back to 2015, which includes a fourth-place finish in the 2016 AJGA Bob Estes Abilene Junior. He also earned top-10 finishes in the AJGA Hunter Mahan and the 2016 AJGA Jordan Spieth championships.

“Brian is a very accomplished player who has had huge success on the state, regional and national level,” said Robbins. “He has all the qualities you look for in a player. He is an excellent student, works very hard on his game and just loves to compete.”

The Wildcats will resume play in the spring as they travel to Mobile, Alabama, to compete in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, February 20-21.