SEATTLE – Washington has inked four players to national letters of intent for the 2024 signing class as part of the signing period, head coach Alan Murray announced Tuesday.
The Huskies’ four signees come from both near and far as Amilkar Bhana (Johannesburg, South Africa), Abel Derksen (Gouda, Netherlands), Brock Maulding (Lake Tapps, Washington) and Jack Murphy (Cork, Ireland) all signed NLIs.
“We lose four decorated seniors this year and we commence the building of the next great Husky golf team,” Murray said. “This is a special class and I believe they will make their mark on the program. All will come in and contend for starting positions right from the get go.”
Below are a few remarks from Murray on U Dub’s most recent signing class.
Amilkar Bhana – Johannesburg, South Africa
“We are excited for Amilkar to get here. He has a syrupy fluid golf swing and is a really fantastic player to watch. He has a very steady game and is very solid across the board. He plays with a very mature poise and has been one of the best juniors in South Africa for his age group across a number of years and his national coaches speak extremely highly of him. He comes from a great family and I have really enjoyed getting to know his mother and father.
“Amilkar has a very solid work ethic and he will really enjoy the challenge of balancing school and golf. He has always pushed himself academically and been able to keep his game at a really high level so he will take to college golf like a duck to water I am sure. He has a great personality and he will be a popular guy with his teammates and will have an instant impact.”
Abel Derksen – Gouda, Netherlands
“Abel is a superb golfer and this summer his game moved to the next level. He has represented the Netherlands at the junior level and is now on the men’s panel. He won the Dutch National Match Play Championship this year. He is a superb ball striker and he will make the transition to college golf really well. His short game really improved over this past summer and he is very excited to get to Washington and make an impact on our program.
“Abel recently finished sixth in the Dutch Open which was a professional event. He has extensive experience competing in Europe and the US. He will be another freshmen that is going to come in and contend for a starting spot straight away. Abel is an ambitious, driven, calm guy and he will have a powerful presence. An intelligent, hard-working…