Nov. 9, 2006
Rosson Anderson, Jonathan Fly and Cory Gilmer have signed national letters of intent to attend Auburn University and play men's golf in 2007-08, head coach Mike Griffin announced Thursday.
Anderson, a Birmingham native, is ranked 17th in the nation by Junior Golf Scoreboard and is the top-ranked player in the state of Alabama. He led Briarwood Christian School to its first golf Class 5A State Championship in May and was the individual state champion. Anderson also won the 2006 AJGA Jerry Pate/Andrews Institute Tournament in Pensacola, Fla.
"Rosson is not just a good player but an outstanding young man from a great family," Griffin said. "He hits it straight and has a great short game and a super attitude on the golf course. He will bring that level of play into our team which is the type of team we are. He'll fit right in the day he gets here as a result of that."
Fly, from ECS in Memphis, Tenn., is currently ranked 21st in the nation by Junior Golf Scoreboard. He won the Chattanooga Baylor Preview at The Honors Club by tying the course record with a 64 in the first round. His father, Buzz, played on the PGA Tour and his older brother, Stephen, is a member of the Auburn track team.
"Jonathan can hit the ball very far and is surprisingly accurate even with his length," Griffin said. "He will bring a new dimension to our team. He obviously learned a lot of golf from his father and played in a hotbed of junior golf in Memphis, Tenn. We are very, very pleased to have him a part of our family."
Gilmer, from Hoover (Ala.) High School, has been a part of a successful high school golf program for many years and is the top player to come out of high school. He had an outstanding summer, finishing fourth in the Future Masters, runner-up in the Alabama State Junior and won the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour Vestavia Hills Junior Classic with a 69-68--137. He is ranked 54th in the nation by Junior Golf Scoreboard. Gilmer just missed qualifying for the US Junior where he fired a 77-66--143 at Birmingham West to finish fourth. He won the 2006 Hoover Country Club Men's Championship with a 68-68-64--200.
"Cory is kind of a mixture of the other two players," Griffin said. "He has more than adequate distance and has very good control of his golf ball, a good short game and comes from a good Auburn family. He has wanted to play at Auburn his whole life, so I know he will be glad to be here."