HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison University men's golf has signed three players to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Jeff Forbes announced today. In the Fall 2011 signing class are Chris Kapsak (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal), Connor Walters (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) and Tyler Williams (Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Prep).
"This year's recruiting class is one of the best I have had since being at JMU," Forbes said. "Each student-athlete is a strong player that will compete for a starting position. I think these guys will step right into the spots left open by the three departing seniors."
Kapsak was a part of the Trinity Episcopal squad to five-straight top-six finishes in the Virginia League of Independent Schools State Tournament. For his efforts, he was named All-Prep League for three straight seasons, starting his freshman year, as well as earning All-State honors his junior season. A three-time Team MVP for Coach Mike Lewandowski, He also was Co-Medalist at the Prep League Championship his sophomore season. He also was a on the Headmaster's Academic List since eighth grade, is a member of National Honor Society and received the U.S. Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete Award his junior year.
Walters was a three-year letterwinner in golf for Coach Richard Cook, earning team MVP awards his freshman and junior years. Walters also qualified for the 2010 Virginia State Golf Association Junior Amateur. A two-sport standout, he also was a member of the Raiders' basketball squad, helping the team to the semifinals of the Virginia League of Independent Schools State Tournament his sophomore year. Walters also has been on the Second Honor Roll twice during his high school career.
In his three seasons of high school golf, Williams has twice been named the team's MVP and earned South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Class AAA All-State and All-Region honors last year. Coached by Butch Hirsch and Tim Cooke, he also had the second-best scoring average in the SCISA his junior year, earning Beaufort County Player of the Year honors in 2011, the second time in his career he has garnered the award.
"Chris had a great summer and came into his own, and I am very excited about Chris's potential next Fall," Forbes commented. "Tyler is a good player and works very hard on his game. Connor is a very consistent player and no matter where he plays always turns in a good score."
The Dukes will return to the course in 2012, opening the spring schedule at the UNCW Seahawk Intercollegiate, Sun.-Mon., Feb. 26-27 in Wilmington, N.C.