Matthew Beringer, Zach Healy and Jack Larkin have signed national letters of intent with the Georgia men‚Äôs golf team, coach Chris Haack announced.
Beringer lives in Macon and attends Stratford Academy (the same school that produced Bulldog All-American Russell Henley). Beringer was the state medalist as a freshman, has been named All-Region three times, and is a two-time All-State selection. He has recorded several wins on the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour, including the Tournament of Champions in 2009. Beringer was chosen as the All-Middle Georgia Golfer of the Year by the Macon Telegraph in 2011. He represented the state in the 2010 Georgia-South Carolina Challenge Match.
Healy is a native of Peachtree Corners and attends Norcross High School. Healy was the medalist and led Norcross to the 2013 state championship, and he earned Player of the Year honors. Healy won the 2013 Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship. He had a top-20 finish in the 2013 Georgia Amateur and made the cut in the event as a 13-year-old. Healy has numerous top-5 efforts in American Junior Golf Association events, including a runner-up finish in the 2013 Davis Love III Junior Open and the 2012 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star. In 2012, Healy won the East Coast Golfweek Invitational.
Larkin attends Marist and lives in Atlanta. He helped Marist win back-to-back state championships with a runner-up individual effort in 2013 and a third-place finish in 2012. Larkin twice was named to the Class AAAA All-State Team. Larkin finished second in the Georgia State Golf Association‚Äôs State Junior Championships and won the SJGT‚Äôs Junior Peach Blossom and Glen Arven Junior Classic. He is the son of Jack Larkin, who played for the Bulldogs from 1980-83 and captained the squad his senior year.
‚ÄúWe are excited about having Matthew, Zach and Jack join our program,‚Äù Haack said in a news release. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve watched them hone their games the last few years, and I‚Äôm confident that they all can make a significant on our program on the course and in the classroom. If they continue to work hard and improve, they are capable of being in the running to play for us right away next season.‚Äù
Bulldogs‚Äô recruiting class ranks 19th
The first Georgia baseball recruiting class under coach Scott Stricklin earned a No. 19 ranking, according to Perfect Game‚Äôs Early Top 25 released Tuesday.
Perfect Game USA releases collegiate recruiting rankings before and after the annual Major League Baseball draft. The December ranking gives coaches credit for assembling the class regardless of a decision a prospect makes after the June draft. The Bulldogs were one of eight SEC schools in the early top 25, joining Vanderbilt, Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Georgia‚Äôs 12-member class is headlined by Gainesville High School senior outfielder /pitcher Michael Gettys, who is the top-rated prospect on the Perfect Game Top 100 list. Also Georgia signee Spencer Adams, a senior pitcher at White County High School in Cleveland, was ranked No. 67 on Perfect Game‚Äôs Top 100.
Georgia resumes preseason practice on Jan. 24. The 2014 college baseball season opens on Feb. 14.