A-State Men's Golf inks four as part of 2013 recruiting class

From Arkansas State University

Arkansas State head men's golf coach Steve Johnson announced Thursday that Tanner Napier, Albert Arribas, Petter Salqvist and Trent Jones have each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their careers with the Red Wolves.

Napier, who is from Paris, Texas, placed second in the Texas 3A State Tournament as junior to earn first team all-state honors, while also winning the district and regional tournaments and placing first in six out of eight other tournaments.  He was also named the varsity golf team's MVP as freshman, sophomore and junior.

Following Napier's summer golf season, he was ranked 36th in Texas for his graduating class on Junior Golf Scoreboard with a scoring average of 75.25 through 20 competitive rounds. He shot a low round of 67 at the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament and tied for sixth place.  Napier also finished 17th out of 119 individuals at the Ram Rock Legends Tour Texas State Championship.

Napier was chosen as one of just 10 finalists to be recognized at the All-American Bowl in January for Sports and Community Excellence as well, becoming the first golfer to be recognized for the award. Expected to graduate from Paris High School in the top 10 of his class as a National Honor Society member, he has excelled as a student as well.

Arribas of Barcelona, Spain, is ranked 29th on the national boys club level.  He placed ninth at the Junior International Spain Stroke Play Championship and 37th at the Canary Amateur Cup, which both counted toward world rankings. Arribas was a champion and gold medalist of the Annual U16 Ranking of the Catalonia Regional Golf Federation.

Among his Spain tournaments, he finished first at both the 2012 Catalonia and Baleares Scoring National u16 Tournament, and he also placed 43rd in the Spain National Junior and Boy Championship.  During Arribas' USA summer tour in 2012, he finished first at the Craig Rudolph Memorial Tournament and 41st at Under Armour/Jeff Overton Championship.  He has claimed 10 tournament championships on the club level during his career.

Jones, a Jonesboro native, was named all-state and all-conference in both 2012 and 2013 and helped lead Jonesboro High School to a team state title each of the last four years.  He recently finished third in the Arkansas State Golf Association (ASGA) Player of the Year standings.

Jones held an average of 72.5 during 2013.  He finished first in the Bruce Jenkins Memorial and the Randy Beaver Memorial and placed second at the Joe Boone Memorial and the ASGA State Stroke Play.  He was also a part of the JHS Honor Roll.

Salqvist, who is from Stockholm, Sweden, holds a 74.7 scoring average, a low round of 66 and 10 top-10 finishes.  He finished fifth in the Skandia Tour and the Titleist Footjoy Junior Open and also placed third at the Club Championships with a season-low round of 66. Salqvist recorded six rounds that were under or even par, and he helped lead his team to a runner-up finish in the National Team Championships.

"I'm very excited about this year's recruiting class," Johnson said. "I think we were very fortunate to be able to sign this amount talent, as well as experience, on a national and international level.  Each one of these young men has demonstrated their high level of commitment to win, and I look forward to all four of them making an immediate contribution to our program next fall."