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Harman signs with Simpson

EU senior is third Lancer headed to Redding

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Harman signs with Simpson

East Union High senior Kyle Harman - joined by Lancer coach Dennis Wells, parents Dave and Debbie Harman, and Simpson University head coach Joe Griffin - signed his letter of intent to play for Sim...


POSTED January 28, 2010 2:54 a.m.
Familiarity drew East Union High senior Kyle Harman to Simpson University.

Harman attended basketball camps at the Redding-based campus multiple times during his middle-school years, and he has already forged close-knit relationships with fellow East Union classmates that will also play golf there in the near future.

The cherry on top was head coach Joe Griffin, who aims to use Harman, along with EU senior Tori Souza and alumna Brionna Goulart, as cornerstones for Simpson’s new men’s and women’s golf teams.

Griffin, Souza, Goulart and East Union golf coach Dennis Wells were all in attendance Wednesday at the Harman residence where Kyle signed his letter of intent to compete for the second-year program next year. Goulart and Souza are the Red Hawks’ first-ever signees for the women’s golf team which will debut in 2010-11.

Harman had been in touch with several NCAA Division I and II programs from Northern California and narrowed his choices down to Stanislaus State and Simpson, a National Athletic Interscholastic Association school that competes in the Cal-Pac Conference.

“I just love the school and the area,” Harman said. “I know it’s kind of weird, but I like how hot it gets up there.

“I also really got along with coach Griffin right away. He seems real cool and made me feel like I knew him for a really long time.”

Wells believes Simpson found a gem in Harman, who helped the Lancers earn Valley Oak League championships in 2007 and 08 and earned Most Valuable Player honors in 09. He is also the third straight Lancer to be recognized as the Bulletin’s Golfer of the Year, following Jay Brink (2007) and John Ott (2008).

“Talent-wise he’s at the top of the list of kids I’ve coached with Jay Brink and (current Fresno State golfer) Krysta Clark,” Wells said. “He’s one of the hardest-working golfers I’ve ever had, and if he continues to do that I believe he has a chance to go to the next level.”

Simpson is looking to further establish itself at the national level after sophomore Mitch Card was named to the All-American first team in October.

Griffin lured three-time Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League MVP Nicholas Maddalena of Faith Christian (Yuba City) to Simpson last month and hopes to have one more talented incoming freshman signed soon.

“I expect (Harman) to battle it out with our top three golfers,” Griffin said. “I think Kyle can help us take that next step. “I’m anticipating that with the two kids I have coming in and with the ones I have coming back that we’ll be (shooting) below 300 every time out. I’m shooting for a national ranking next year.”

Simpson set a single-round team record with a 297 score in the third day of the Holy Names University Fall Invitational last November and finished in fifth place.

With the signing out of the way, Harman can now focus his efforts on school and completing an outstanding prep career next spring.

With freshman Will Brink, Jay’s younger brother, joining a team that returns four Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament qualifiers, Harman wants to go out with a bang.

“I can’t wait,” Harman said. “I’ve been out there for the last three months every day getting ready for the season. We’re looking to go to state, and we think we have the talent accomplish that.”
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