Massachusetts Junior Golfers Commit To College Programs
College golf commitments got underway on November 9 with the start of the NCAA Signing Period, as high school golfer signed their National Letter of Intent. Within the first week, several Mass Golf junior players signed commitments to college programs.
The signing period for fall 2022 enrollees at Division I & II programs lasts until August 1, 2023. This story will be updated as more Massachusetts golfers sign their commitments to college programs.
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QUINN AHERN – ROANOKE COLLEGE
Ahern, a Weston native who attends IMG Academy in Florida, has had several victories on the NEPGA circuit, including a two-stroke win in the Elite Tour event at Maynard Golf Course and Chelmsford Country Club. He also won seven NEPGA events in 2021, and competed in this year’s Mass Junior Amateur.
Evan Buddenhagen – kennesaw state university
Buddenhagen, a senior at Pingree School, was the Essex County Player of the Year and a two-time club champion at Essex County Club. Buddenhagen, who qualified for the Mass Junior Amateur last year, previously attended IMG Academy in Florida, the largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institution, founded in 1987. On the Junior Hurricane Tour, Buddenhagen won the Disney Junior Open, the Massachusetts Summer Junior Open at Green Hill, and tied for first at the Hartford Summer Junior Open.
MATT QUINN – lehigh university
Quinn, a senior captain at St. John’s High School (Shrewsbury), led the Pioneers to a second-place finish at the 2022 MIAA Division 1 state championship. Quinn shot 3-over 75 good enough for T8 overall. Quinn is cousins with Owen Quinn, who also attended Lehigh and whose father Fran played in the U.S. Open this year.
MOLLY SMITH – UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Smith, a senior at Westford Academy, finished second place individually in the 2022 MIAA Division 1 state championship. The 2021 Mass Golf Girls’ Junior Player of the Year also played in the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur and won medalist at the 2022 New England Interscholastic Golf Champion by five shots. She also shot 72 to finish second individually in the MIAA Division 1 state championship.
victoria veator – FLAGLER COLLEGE
Veator, a senior at Ursuline Academy, led her team to the MIAA girls golf state championship at Eastward Ho! this past June. Veator also partnered with Grace Farland to finish 5th in the Mass Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the Townshend Cup. Last year, Veator made a run to the quarterfinals of the Mass Women’s Amateur.
EMMA ABRAMSON – WILLIAMS COLLEGE
Abramson, a senior at Sandwich High School, had a stellar summer than included her first-ever victory in the Mass Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship. She also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, coming up just shy of making match play. Abramson also finished T2 in the MIAA girls’ golf state championship at Eastward Ho!
RYAN SCOLLINS – HOLY CROSS
Scollins, a senior at Xaverian Brothers High School, represented Team Mass Golf at this year’s New England Junior Amateur Championship, leading all Round 1 scorers from Massachusetts with a 1-under 71. At the Computer Merchant Cup, a U.S. Challenge Cup event in Connecticut, Scollins shot a career-best 65 in the second round en route to a third-place finish. He also qualified for match play at the Mass Junior Amateur.
Morgan smith – georgetown university
Smith, who currently attends Phillips Exeter Academy, had a stellar 2022 season and earned the Mass Golf Girls’ Junior Player of the Year Award. This summer, Smith won both the New England Women’s Amateur (by 12 strokes) and won the Mass Women’s Amateur with a comeback victory in the final match. Smith also qualified for match play in the 2022 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship.