Nov. 16, 2012
UCLA signed two of the top male high school golfers on each coast, Head Coach Derek Freeman announced Friday.
Alex Angard (Viewpoint School, Encino, CA) and Gavin Hall (Mendon High School, Pittsford, NY) have signed National Letters of Intent and are expected to play at UCLA in the Fall of 2013. Hall is expected to enroll in classes in January, but won't compete until September.
"We're very excited about Alex Angard and Gavin Hall joining the UCLA family," said Freeman, who has coached two national players of the year at UCLA. "Both are experienced junior players and winners on the course, as well as solid students. Alex and Gavin are great additions to our program."
Angard is a three-time individual league champion and a member of two championship teams at Viewpoint. He finished fourth at the 2012 CIF regionals and placed 12th at the finals. He won the Toyota Tour Cup Series for PGA Juniors.
"I chose UCLA because I loved the campus, the coach and the other guys on the team," Angard said during his signing ceremony at Viewpoint Thursday. "[Derek Freeman] showed interest in me from the beginning and they are such a great program."
On the AJGA circuit in 2011, Angard recorded four Top 20 results in five appearances, including a fourth place finish at the ClubCorp Mission Hills and a seventh place finish at the Trader Joe's Jr. Championship.
Hall, who plays left-handed, was coveted by every major program across the country. After being sidelined by a wrist injury for much of 2011-12, he returned to his dominating play by winning the PING Invitational last month. In August he tied for 19th at the Junior Players Championship and in July he tied for 13th at the Junior PGA Championship. He was also a member of the 2012 Jr. Ryder Cup Team. In 2011, he won the Jr. Players Championship, tied for 10th at the Junior PGA Championship and tied for 11th at the Thunderbird International Junior.
"UCLA has a great combination of academics and athletics," Hall told GolfWeek in May. "I built a solid relationship with head coach Derek Freeman, and felt like the school, golf program and competitive schedule was a great fit for me. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity at UCLA."
In 2010, he earned First Team AJGA All-America honors after recording several Top 10 finishes and winning the John Ryan District Championship. For that victory, he received a sponsor's exemption to play in the 2010 PGA Turning Stone Casino event. At the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur, he shot a 62.
In 2009 Hall tied for second at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the AJGA Cliffs Championship. He also played on the Canon Cup East Team.