Monarchs Sign Two Golf Recruits

December 05, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Dec. 5, 2002

NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University golf coach Dr. Murray Rudisill announced the signing of Kyle MacKenzie (Ontario, Canada), and Garrett Pike (Sterling, VA.) to letters-of-intent.

"It is great to be able to have another Virginia golfer on the squad for next year," said Rudisill. "Garrett has an outstanding record in junior golf in Virginia, and should compete for a spot on the traveling squad as a freshman. Kyle is ranked as one of the top players in Ontario as well as in all of Canada. We are pleased to continue our "Canadian Connection" and we expect Kyle to jump into the starting lineup immediately."

Pike is a three-time Dulles District champion at Potomac High School. As a junior, Pike captured the Virginia AA State championship. As a sophomore he was the Virginia AA state runner-up. The 5-10, 160-pounder was the regional champion as a sophomore and placed third this past fall. Pike placed fourth at the Homestead AJGA and junior amateur. The two-time Washington Post All-Met selection is the son of Kathy and Greg Pike.

"I selected Old Dominion because of the successful golf tradition that coach Rudisill has established here, " said Pike. " I also liked the school, its surroundings, and the Hampton Roads area."

Kyle MacKenzie placed third in his province in the fall and helped lead his team to the district championship. MacKenzie also finished third in the district. As a junior, he took third at the Canadian Juniors and fifth at the Ontario juniors. In international competition, MacKenzie won the Wingham Invitation after shooting a 66. He also won the a tournament in London at the Four City National after shooting a 71-76.

"I chose ODU, because I wanted to come to an area with great weather and a solid golf program. Plus Old Dominion has had other Canadian golfers in their program," said MacKenzie. "I really like coach Rudisill and I am looking forward to starting my career there."

The 6-0,160-pounder from Listowell High School is the son of Rod and Vicki MacKenzie.

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