Jared Wilson, Morning Journal/Wayne Maris Columbiana Junior had last Friday, made a verbal commitment to attend Wake Forest University.

This was before opening his junior basketball season at Columbiana High School on Friday night.

The Division III state golf champion hopes to continue his academic careers, while still remaining in the game at the NCAA Division 1 Wake Forest University.

Before that, more than 20 colleges had been in constant close contact with Wilson, who in addition to Wake Forest, had taken out time to visit others such as Northwester, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Kent State and Vanderbilt.

So far, Wilson, who is the only state golf champion for Columbiana County has already placed an impressive resume. In September, he went onto capture the Division III state golf title and set the tournament record scoring with a pair of 1-unde-par 71s at the NorthStar Club.

The 16 year old recently made his third straight state appearance after he had placed fifth as a sophomore and 11th as a freshman.

He was also one of the 12 high school boys named to the 2016 Transamerica Scholastica Junior All America Team.

At the Inter-Tri County League tournament three years ago, he was the medalist. And in the same year, he came off equally as the medalist in the Division III sectional and district tournaments.

A private University located down in Winston0-Salem, N.C, Wake Forest competes in the Atlantic Coast conference with other teams as well.

The men’s golf program by Wake forest has seen them capture three national championship titles.

Apart from that, they have also produced some notable players such as Arnold Palmer, who has 4 Masters and 2 U.S. Opens. Curtis Strange is another with 2 U.S. Open while Lanny Wadkins has a PGA Championship.

Darren Clarke and Webb Simpson are both from the University as well and Clarke has a British Open while Webb Simpson has a U.S. Open.

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Steve Stricker

Steve Striker, an American professional golfer, plays on the PGA Tour and has 12 tournaments to his name including the 2001 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and two FedEx Cup playoff events. Striker was born in Edgerton and grew up playing golf at the Lake Ripley Country Club in Cambridge.

He turned professional in 1990 and started his career at the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. After that Striker joined the PGA Tour in 1994 and his first success at the top level arrived in 1996 when he notched up two wins at Kemper Open and Motorola Western Open. He finished runners up in the 1998 PGA Championship which is his best result at a major championship till date. Steve won his third and most prestigious PGA tour title at 2001 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship by defeating Pierre Fulke.

Steve Striker lost his PGA Tour card in 2004 after going through a slump period and several years of poor form. In 2006 he returned to the PGA Tour and he was voted for the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.  He won The Barclays Tournament in 2007 and also earned a spot for himself at 2007 President Cup team. He ended that year on No. 4 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking and finished off with a runners-up trophy at the 2007 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Striker enjoyed his most successful season on PGA Tour in 2009 with three tournament wins and acquired the 2nd most amount of money. He first won at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, then followed it up with a win at the John Deere Classic in Silvis and lastly won the Deutsche Bank Championship on September.

Steve Stricker won his last tournament on the PGA Tour at Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in 2012. He has been considered as one of the best players without a Major Championship.

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“Nagging Shoulder” – Martin Kaymer

Injuries seem elevated this season in the golf course and apparently professional German golfer, Martin Kaymer is no exception.

Kaymer displayed great finesse during the Players Championship as well s the U.S. Open, offered viewers and fans, an assorted platter of straight winning streak however this success was not to last long when he started showing signs of errors at tournaments after. A close acquaintance of Kaymer has revealed of his shoulder injury that exhibited nagging pain and mistakes that made supporters disheartened.

“I think I had a muscle cramp. It is like you wake up and do not realize the smaller issues here and there till they turn out to be something really annoying that gets in the way of your practice and performance. It came as a surprise to me, I could not get even one single ball go where I wanted it to. This continued till Thursday and I got very little practice during the British Open.” Martin told reporters.

Officials have informed that Martin Kaymer is back in form, ‘fit and ready to go’. “He is one of those players who never back down; he carries on him the expectations of many people.” Kaymer took it slow on the British Open, nursing his shoulder back to form before the PGA tournament. Martin Kaymer was the very first to win both the Players Tournament as well as the USPGA, his shoulder injury though provided minimal distraction.

Kaymer is fit now and still has a great game to offer to the other contenders. After a spectacular win at the US Open, he finished a dismaying 70th at Hoylake. “I hope for a fast paced start at the Valhalla,” said Kaymer confident of making an impact there.

“It’s not about making birdies. It’s the small things that matter and sometimes these very small margins can create a huge difference that one has to take the next day.”

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Luke Donald – “Major Project at hand”

The professional golfer from South Bucks, Luke Donald though maybe one of the most well paid in the category, he still has to manage standing up to the four prestigious and iconic Major titles.

A promising player, Luke Donald has had very rare chances with the Majors so far. He incidentally is the very first golfer to mark his position on top of the tours on either side of the Atlantic, the European as well as the American circuits, all in 36 years of age.

“The Open Championships did not give me a very good start, I could not find the perfect balance,” Donald has been heard saying. “The Majors have eluded him so far, we are yet to see this man do something extraordinary again,” wrote journalist John Whitbread. Luke Donald made his best finish was the third place ties for the 2005 Masters as well as the 2006 USPGA. The 143rd Open Championships held in July 2014 at the Royal Liverpool, also had Luke sidelined. While Rory Mcllroy, his junior by nearly 12 years became one of the youngest players to win three of the four Majors, Donald had to remain a mute spectator.

Good news is also on the way as Luke Donald, known for his crisp strokes and precise swings, joined forces with Mizuno to take out the ‘M-15’ – ‘player’s’ iron. The new iron combines two of the company’s most popular models – the M-59 and the M-64 into one iron that will not only provide elevated Ti-Muscle technology (courtesy – M-64) but also amalgamate the sleek head design (of the M-64); truly a ‘powerhouse’ iron.

Donald’s “feel and sound” inputs as well as detailed description and opinions throughout the developmental stages of the M-15 have created an iron that will prove to be game-changers, which become available in stores from the 3rd week of September, 2014.

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Rose considering Scottish Open

Reigning US Open champion Justin Rose is considering joining the likes of former world number one Rory McIlroy and American legend Phil Mickelson for the Scottish Open at the fabled Royal Aberdeen Golf Course this summer.

The Englishman is thought to be considering playing in the event, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management as he bids to improve his extremely average record at the Open Championship.

Rose stated that he is thinking seriously about adding Scotland to his schedule this summer. The Englishman had finished fifth during the 2002 event held at Loch Lomond but he played at the Castle Stuart only one in the three times the event has been staged there, finishing 14th behind fellow Englishman Luke Donald back in 2011 when the event was moved there.

He mentioned that it is on the cards, adding that he feels he has not played well on the Open Championship for a number of years now and added that it has been disappointing and so, he has been thinking about tweaking his schedule a bit to accommodate the event and change his preparations somewhat.

Rose went on to add that he might not take the family back home during the event, mentioning that things get difficult when he gets back and he doesn’t want it to feel like a vacation which is something that happens every year. He added that he wants to go there with a bit more focus this time around.

The South African born Englishman has missed the cut in three of his last four appearances in the oldest major in the world and he feels the time has come to set the records straight as he prepares to defend the US Open title he won last year and hopes for some inspiration from the fabled golfing event.

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