Jan. 8, 2014
THE FLATS – Chris Petefish, one of the nation’s top 30 junior golfers and one of the top 15 in the class of 2014, has enrolled at Georgia Tech and joined the Yellow Jackets’ nationally-ranked golf team, head coach Bruce Heppler announced Wednesday.
Ranked as high as 24th nationally and 11th in his class by Golfweek magazine, Petefish was the No. 2 ranked player in Arizona, where he attended Scottsdale Christian Academy. The Danville, Calif., resident completed his high school studies at the Venture School.
“We’re certainly excited to have Chris join the program early,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “He’s been very successful on the national junior golf level and in many of the major events. Having had several players start early here, we’ve seen the benefits of this experience. With three seniors in our starting five, this will give Chris a chance to have a head start on playing a significant role next fall.”
Petefish, a second-team Rolex All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, has one victory and six top-10 finishes in junior and high school events in the last three years, including the individual title in the 2013 Arizona Interscholastic Association DIII State Championship.
Also in 2013, Petefish finished second at the AJGA Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic, fifth at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior and ninth at the PING Invitational. In 2012, he was the runner-up at the FCWT at Greyhawk Raptor, fifth at the AJGA Puerto Rico Open and sixth in the Scott Robertson Memorial.
Like current Tech senior Richard Werenski and juniors Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans did when they enrolled at Tech, Petefish will not play this spring but get ahead on his studies and begin competing for the Yellow Jackets in the fall.
He is the third newcomer Tech has recruited for 2014, including November signees Jacob Joiner of Leesburg and James Clark III of Columbus, the top two juniors in the state of Georgia who are both ranked among the nation’s top 40 junior players.
About Georgia Tech Golf
Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 19th year under head coach Bruce Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 26 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times.