JONESBORO (11/18/11) – Arkansas State head men's golf coach Steve Johnson announced Friday that Easton Key, one of the nation's top-ranked junior college players by GolfStat.com, and three-time Arkansas high school All-State selection Seth Garner have both signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Red Wolves next season.
Key, a sophomore at Meridian (Miss.) Community College, is the seventh ranked junior college player in the nation on GolfStat.com's Top 100 NJCAA Player Watch List. Over his two-year career at Meridian, Key has been named to nine all-tournament teams and recorded three sub-70 rounds with a best of 65 at the 2010 Wallace State Invitational. He currently holds the team's best average at 73 strokes per round and is a team captain.
He has led Meridian, ranked as the No. 1 NJCAA team in the nation by GolfStat.com and the NJCAA, to three tournament victories and two runner-up finishes, this fall.
Key attended Lamar School in Meridian, helping lead the Raiders to five consecutive state championships. He was a two-time all-state selection, carried the lowest average on the team and won the Raider Award as a senior. He also lettered in cross country for the Raiders.
"Easton is one of the top junior college players in the country," said Johnson. "He's proven to be a very consistent player, being able to shoot sub-par rounds on a variety of courses. We are definitely looking forward to adding his tournament experience to what will be a relatively young roster next year."
Garner is a four-year varsity golf letterman at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Ark. He helped lead Lakeside to the Arkansas Class 5A state championship three years in a row and was an all-state selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. Garner was a two-time conference medalist and earned all-conference recognition four times.
He finished third in the Future Tour Champs Tournament in Mississippi with a final-round 67, and also posted a 5-under par 67 to take conference medalist honors.
"Seth has proven to be one the best high school players in the state over the last couple of seasons," said Johnson. "He is very powerful for his size, and he's definitely shown he has the physical attributes and level of commitment to compete at the Division I level. We're looking forward to him being a part of our program."