Nov. 15, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University men's golf Head Coach Walt Williams announced the signing of two individuals to National Letters of Intent, Thursday.
Trent Sanders of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a four-year letterwinner and a scholar athlete from Brophy College Prep who will play with WSU next season. Sanders finished his senior year as the Desert Valley regional champion, earning first team all-region honors. He also placed third in the super region tournament.
"Trent comes from a very strong academic private school in Phoenix," Williams said. "He has great grades and will do a great job on the golf course and in the classroom at Washington State."
Sanders continued his senior year success by placing second at the 5A State tournament, earning first team all-State while helping his team finish second overall. Sanders ranked in the top 100 of his class nationally by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and finished his senior season with a 71.1 scoring average. Sanders is also the fourth-highest ranked player in Arizona for the 2008 class.
As a junior, Sanders was the region and super-region tournament champion and earned first team all-region honors. With a 10th place finish in the State tournament, Sanders earned first team all-State. He ended his junior season with a 70.4 scoring average and also had the opportunity to represent Arizona for an international tournament held in China.
Paul Mitzel is the second addition to the Cougar squad, and hails from Mercer Island, Wash. Also a four-year letterwinner, Mitzel brings a wealth of talent from Mercer Island High School and a career in the Washington and American Junior Golf Associations.
Mitzel earned first team All-KingCo honors during his junior and senior seasons in addition to being the leagues lowest scorer. During Mitzel's sophomore season his team won the 3A State championship and he was voted player of the year.
"Paul is a great individual who came on a visit and liked Washington State even though he grew up in the shadow of the University of Washington," Williams said. "He is very excited about being a Cougar."
In 2006 Mitzel placed third at State and second at districts in the Washington Junior Golf Association. On the Future Collegian World Tour, Mitzel was named All American third-team and won the Teal Bend Open.
Mitzel also competed in tournaments with the American Junior Golf Association in 2007. Adding to his resume of wins, Mitzel won the Trophy Lake Tournament and notched a second place finish at the City of Industries tournament.