The Vols are set to add notable talent from the Volunteer State and the Land Down Under, welcoming Tennessee natives Christian Pardue and Jackson Herrington along with Australia native Kai Komulainen.
All three of Tennessee’s signees showcase impressive resumes.
Christian Pardue | Arlington, Tennessee
Ranked as the No. 23 player in the country and No. 1 player in Tennessee by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Pardue is set to arrive on campus boasting an experienced resume.
Pardue was a three-time Tennessee Junior Cup selection and has shown consistency throughout his junior golf career.
The Arlington, Tennessee, native is coming off a 2023 season in which he posted top-10 finishes at the Bubba Conlee Junior Golf Tournament (3rd), the AJGA Jack Burke Invitational (6th) and the AJGA Canebrake (6th).
In addition to his steady showing in 2023 on the junior golf circuits, Pardue captured the 2021 Bubba Conlee Junior Golf Tournament individual title after shooting 8-under overall.
“Christian has been a long-time target for us who has won at the national level and competed in the biggest junior golf tournaments around the country,” Webb stated. “It is very apparent watching him compete that he has an intense desire to win at the highest levels.”
Jackson Herrington | Dickson, Tennessee
Another in-state product with a distinguished junior golf career, Jackson Herrington is set to join the Vols’ class from the mid-state.
Rated as the No. 66 golfer in the country and No. 3 in Tennessee for the class of 2024, Herrington has illustrated a progressive junior golf career that has earned himself four selections to the Tennessee Junior Cup.
The Dickson, Tennessee, native is coming off a third-place finish at the Elite Invitational.
Additionally, Herrington posted a second-place finish at the 2023 Bubba Conlee Junior Golf Tournament and a sixth-place showing at the 2023 AJGA Canebrake.
During his junior season at Dickson County High School, Herrington etched his name in the TSSAA history books after claiming the individual title at the 2022 Class AA Boys’ Golf Championship, shooting 6-under overall for the event.
“Jackson showed an incredible amount of belief in himself by being very patient during his recruiting process,” Webb said. “He has become one of the best players in his class, as he has shown lately in his results at some of the bigger…