FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The 13th-ranked University of Arkansas men’s golf team announced the signing of five prepsters for the 2009-10 season this week.
Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin and his staff welcome Austin Cook, Josh Eure, Landon Tujague, Kevin Vanden Heuvel and Joe Doramus to campus next fall.
“We feel very fortunate to have signed this class,” said Arkansas men’s golf coach Brad McMakin. “We have two players who are among the top 50 in the country and they’ll have an impact right away. The other three are solid players who have a lot of talent. They haven’t reached their potential yet and I think we got them at the right time.
“I think this will be one of the top 25 recruiting classes in the country,” McMakin continued. “I’m looking forward to seeing them all in the traveling lineup soon.”
Cook and Doramus join the Razorbacks after in-state high school careers. Cook is a Jonesboro, Ark., native, and attended Jonesboro High School.
He is currently ranked 20th in the Golfstat rankings for the class of 2009 and has runner-up finishes at the Big “I” Junior Classic and the AJGA Stanford Financial.
Doramus is a Little Rock, Ark., native and attended Little Rock Central. Doramus helped the Tigers to the 7A title as a sophomore and he earned medalist honors as the 7A Conference individual winner as a sophomore and senior.
Doramus recently had a top five finish at the AJGA Dodge/Bob Estes Abilene Junior and was a winner on the 2008 Texas Junior Golf Tour winning the Tyler Rose Invitational.
Doramus is the youngest of three children to Mark and Laura Doramus of Little Rock, Ark. He has an older brother, Mark, and older sister, Ellen.
A pair of Texans, Tujague from Dallas, Texas, and Vandenheuval of Katy, Texas, also join the Razorbacks for next season.
Tujague played at Jesuit High School in Dallas, Texas. He was a runner up at the 2008 AJGA Ping Phoenix Junior event and had a top 10 finish at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. In addition, Tujague was a USGA Junior Amateur Match Play competitor.
Vanden Heuvel played for James E. Taylor High helping the Mustangs to three top four district finishes with his senior season yet to come. He was the 2008 Houstonian Invitational winner on the Texas Junior Golf Tour and played to a top 10 finish at the AJGA Junior Classic at the Blessings this year.
Vanden Heuvel is the oldest of two children to Roger Vanden Heuvel and Lisa Machesney of Houston, Texas. He has two younger siblings, Steven and Sean.
Eure, checks in from Crofton, M.D., where he played for South River High School. Eure is a two-time winner of the Maryland State High School Championship and won the 2008 Maryland State Boys Golf title. He is also the 2008 Golfweek Invitational medalist.
Eure is the oldest of two children to Ron and Henrietta Eure of Crofton, M.D., and has a younger sister, Kelsey.
The five signees round out the signing class for McMakin and the Razorbacks. The Arkansas men’s golf team is in the midst of winter training and returns to the golf course Feb. 23-25, at the John A. Burns Invitational in Hawai’i. For more information about Arkansas golf, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.