Dec. 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - After searching close to home and overseas, Florida State men's golf head coach Trey Jones announced the signing of England's Harry Ellis and Tallahassee's Carter Thompson. Ellis will join the team in January and compete right away while Thompson arrives in the Fall of 2014.
Ellis, a native of Southampton, England, became the youngest winner of the English Amateur Championship in 2012 at the age of 16. Also in 2012 he was a member of the England Homes Internationals Team and then in 2013 was a member of the England Boys European Championship team. He was the runner-up of the French Boys International Championship. He attends the Wildern School.
"The first time I saw Harry, it didn't take long for me to realize his natural ability of a golfer," said Jones. "He has great leadership skills. We noticed this when he was playing on the England team this summer. He has sound golf swing fundamentals and has proven that he can win on a high level. We look for his international experience and maturity to be an immediate impact on our program."
"It's an honour and a privilege to sign with Florida State University," said Ellis. "I believe the university offers everything for me to reach the next level in my golfing career. It's an extremely exciting time to become a Seminole."
Thompson is currently ranked No. 8 in the state of Florida and attends Leon High School. The Tallahassee native finished second at the 2012 Jones Cup Junior Invitational and third at the AJGA Junio at Redesco in 2013. He is a two-time Big Bend First Team member and is ranked No. 7 in his senior class at Leon while carrying a 4.52 gpa while being named to the 2013 AJGA Hewlett Packard Scholastic All-American Team. His parents Bill and Ida Thompson both graduated from Florida State.
"Carter has everything that we're looking for in our future team members," continued Jones. "He has a lot of integrity, has a great family, superb student. From a golf standpoint, he as three intangibles we look for, he's a hard worker, has good length, he's athletic and chips the ball very well. Carter's best golf is in front of him and we look forward to watching him improve and him becoming an important part of our program.
"It just means the world to me to sign with Florida State," said Thompson. "Both my parents went here and I was born and raised an FSU fan, it just means the world to me to able to come here and play for such a great program. Trey being here was one of the main reasons for me choosing here. He's a great coach and he's building the program where it's geared to a National Championship and that's something I really want to do while I'm in college."
The team returns to the links February 15-16, 2014 at the Gator Invitational. Check back to Seminoles.com for more news and information.