Men's Golf Signs Two Quality Golfers to 2010 Class

Nov. 17, 2009


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Stephen Powers and Matthew Anderson have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the University of Kentucky men's golf team in the fall of 2010, head coach Brian Craig has announced.

Powers, a native of Naperville, Ill., will be a solid addition to the UK golf team. The product out of Neuqua Valley High School made it to the match play portion of the United States Golf Association Junior Amateur where he qualified 15th out of 156 total competitors. Powers took home medalist honors at the sectional qualifying for the USGA Amateur Championship. Powers is known to have a great ball striking ability and an impeccable short game. The right-handed swinger carded two top-15 finishes in American Junior Golf Association tournaments, finishing sixth at the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship and 14th at the AJGA Lessing's AJGA Classic.

UK signee Matthew Anderson finished in the top five in the KHSAA State Tournament this season.

"Stephen Powers is an exceptionally talented young player who proved this summer that he can play at the highest level," Craig said. "I love his overall game, especially his attitude and character. He has great hands around the greens and is fundamentally sound in every aspect of the game. I am excited that Stephen has become a Kentucky Wildcat and I look forward to coaching him during what will be a superb collegiate career representing the Big Blue Nation."

A native of Tompkinsville, Ky., Anderson had a very successful junior career. The righty won a sectional qualifier for the USGA Junior Amateur while also advancing to match play at the tournament. The product out of Monroe County High School finished 18th at the Professional Golf Association Junior Series at Kearney Hill Links. Anderson has two top-15 finishes in AJGA events. Anderson was the top qualifier out of region three for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Golf Tournament this season with an impressive score of 72. The Kentucky native finished tied for fourth in the KHSAA Boy's State Tournament his senior season. He was also chosen to the Kentucky High School All-State Team three times in high school.    

"I am delighted that Matthew Anderson has joined our Wildcat family. He is exactly the type of student-athlete that I desire to have in our program," Craig said. "He has proven that he can excel on the golf course as well as the classroom. Most importantly, he has demonstrated outstanding character throughout that process. I look forward to Matthew having a terrific career in Big Blue Country and helping our team to achieve its goals."

Kentucky is fresh off finishing tied for second in the Hummingbird Invitational, its last tournament of the fall season. The Wildcats will pick up their spring portion of 2009-10 schedule in February at the Jacksonville University Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.