Starkville, Miss. – Mississippi State men’s golf inked four standouts Wednesday, capping a successful signing class filled with promise.
Highlighting the 2014 class is Tim Walker of Mildura, Victoria, Australia. The Central Alabama Community College standout is currently the No. 1-ranked junior college golfer in the nation. It’s the second time in three years the Bulldogs have inked the nation’s top junior college player, as MSU senior Joe Sakulpolphaisan earned the top spot in NJCAA before continuing his career with the Bulldogs.
“With us losing four seniors, we felt we needed to bring in a talented player with collegiate experience,” Bulldog coach Clay Homan said. “I believe we hit a home run with Tim Walker. He is a winner and a fine young man. We couldn’t be more excited about Tim being a Bulldog.”
Walker was a member of the 2013 NJCAA DI National Championship team while at Central Alabama. The Australian native hasn’t finished outside of the top two in any tournament this fall.
State also inked Mississippi’s top golfer in Tupelo, Miss., native Austin Rose. Rose won the 2013 MHSAA 6A medalist title after shooting rounds of 66 and 68. He was also a member on all six of the Golden Wave’s state championship teams.
“Austin is a Bulldog through and through,” Homan said. “He is following in his father’s footsteps of playing golf at Mississippi State, and we are excited about that. Austin has a wealth of tournament experience and will contend for a spot in our lineup from day one. I look forward to working with Austin and watching him develop into a fine player.”
Austin’s father, Jim Rose, played on the 1986 Bulldog team.
Mississippi State also signed another in-state standout in Madison’s Ross Bell. The Magnolia State’s No. 3-ranked recruit, Bell became the first student-athlete from Germantown High School to sign a Division I letter of intent.
“All good programs have leaders, and Ross Bell is a leader on and off the course,” Homan said. “He is someone who others look up to, and as a coach, he is the type of young man you can depend on and trust. Ross’ game is continually improving, and I know he will do whatever it takes to reach the goal of being a great player.”
MSU went out west for the final member of the class, landing Taylor Bibbs of San Diego, Calif. Bibbs’ success on the links landed him a spot on the USA Junior National Golf Team that will travel to China next week to play in the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship.
“It’s not often that you see a young man who grew up in southern California choose to come to Mississippi, but with Taylor it was a natural fit, ” Homan said. “Taylor wants to major in engineering and play college golf in the best conference in America. At Mississippi State he will be able to accomplish both.”
The Bulldogs will tee off the spring slate in Houston, Texas, for the Bayou City Collegiate Championship on Feb. 21.
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