May 24, 2012
HOUSTON - Rice University golf coach Justin Emil announced Thursday that Portland, Ore., area golfer Trey Johnson has signed to play for the Owls as well as the addition of Landon Michelson who is transferring from Birmingham Southern.
With the announcement, Emil completes his first signing class as the Owls' coach. During the fall, Emil signed Albuquerque junior golfer James Lee.
"This recruiting class is a big step in the future development of our golf program," Emil said. "Our goal every season is to qualify for the NCAA Tournament and these guys will definitely help us reach that goal. These three young men are not only accomplished golfers, but they have also done very well in the classroom. They will do a fine job representing their families and Rice University."
Johnson, a senior at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., averaged 72 strokes per round and helped lead the Crusaders to a sixth-place finish at the Oregon Class 6A state championship. Johnson, who was part of Jesuit's 2011 state championship team, was a two-time First-Team All-Metro League selection as well as named to the Metro All-Academic Team. He was the Metro League Championship medalist as a junior.
Johnson, who also played basketball in high school, began to focus on golf during high school. His junior golf career includes a Top-5 finish at the Palm Springs FCWT event this past year.
"We are thrilled to add Trey to the Owl Golf Family," Emil said. "Trey is an exceptional athlete and has enormous potential on the golf course. He is used to being a part of a team environment because of his experience playing varsity basketball in high school. He will undoubtedly come in and make an immediate impact on our team both on and off the course."
Michelson concluded his sophomore season at Birmingham Southern with a final-round 70 at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament to tie for second and earn First-Team All-SCAC honors. He finished with a four-over par 220 at the conference championship to help pace his team to a second-place finish.
Michelson, a native of Miami, Fla., began the 2011-12 season by winning the Rhodes Fall Classic and had four other Top 5 finishes during the year. He was a three-time team MVP at Palmer Trinity High School.
"Landon is one of the hardest working college golfers in the country," Emil said. "He will come in and set the standard for the younger scholar-athletes both on and off the course. He has proven himself over the last couple years competing in NCAA Division III and now is ready to take his game to the next level.
"Landon brings experience to a young squad and I am confident he will make major contributions right away. He has done very well his first two years of college and his best golf is ahead of him."