PULLMAN, Wash. – Zach Anderson, Derek Bayley, Brian Mogg, and Evan Omelia have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s golf at Washington State University, beginning next fall, Cougar Head Coach Garrett Clegg announced, Wednesday.
A four-year captain and No. 1 player at Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Anderson was the individual champion at the 2013 CN Future Links Prairie Championship. Heading into his senior season on the golf course, he is a three-time British Columbia Golf Zone 6 Junior Golfer of the Year. Last season, he finished second at the British Columbia AAA High School Championships and fourth at the British Columbia Junior Championships.
“Zach’s golf game has continued to improve and he has won at a very high level in Canada,” Clegg said. “He has huge potential to be a great player for the Cougars. Zach has very good touch around the greens. He is one of the top players in British Columbia and I am excited to have him on board.”
Bayley is a three-sport athlete at Lakeland High School, playing golf, football, and basketball. He took home the top individual honors at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Public Links Championships. Making the cut at the U.S. Junior Amateur, Bayley bowed out of the tournament in the round of 64. During his freshman year, Bayley won the individual title at the Idaho 4A State Championships.
“Derek is one of the best junior golfers from Northern Idaho in recent years,” Clegg said. “He is a very strong player and a great leader. We are excited that he chose Washington State.”
A senior at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., Mogg becomes the second Cougar of his family to golf at Washington State. His father, Gary Mogg, competed for the Cougars when he was at Washington State (1982-85). This past summer, Brian qualified for match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur. As a junior, Mogg won the Bill-Egbers Memorial Golf Tournament, topping 116 of Washington state’s best high school golfers.
“I have seen Brian compete since he was 13-years-old and am very impressed with how much his golf game has progressed over the years,” Clegg said. “Brian is one of the best putters I have seen in recruiting. Brian has the game and demeanor to compete against the best and he will be a fantastic addition to the team in 2014.”
A native of Watford, England, Omelia arrives at Washington State from the Community Colleges of Spokane. As a freshman, Omelia was named a first-team all-conference player in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. He won three individual titles and helped lead the team to 15-straight tournament titles.
“He has done a great job in Spokane,” Clegg said of Omelia. “We are thrilled to have Evan joining the program.”