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.