DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s golf team has added two outstanding players with the signing of national letters of intent by Andrew Bieber and Alexander Matlari, head coach Jamie Green announced on Friday.
“Clearly we are excited about both of these guys joining our program,” said Green. “We have been recruiting them for a while, and it is nice to have that day come when we can put their names in ink. There academic pursuits are a top priority for them. Both of these guys come in with a level of maturity that we are looking for, whether they are freshman or seniors, we are looking for guys who handle it well, balance their academic and golf goals well throughout the week, and both of these guys have shown they can do that.”
Bieber, a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, recently concluded his high school golf career by becoming just the 14th back-to-back OHSHAA State Champion after firing 73-71 in the state championship Oct. 13-14 in Columbus, Ohio. Bieber has been named to the All Ohio State First Team three times, as well as IJGT Player of the Year twice. Bieber qualified for the U.S. Open sectional at age 16 and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition to his accomplishments on the golf course, Bieber has excelled in the classroom being named to the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Academic All-Ohio Team, the HP Scholastic Honor Roll, being a member of the National Honors Society, and receiving the Washington and Lee University Book Award.
“Andrew is coming from a very strong academic institution in Northeast Ohio, and played a very high level of golf in his state,” said Green. “He has also branched that out over the past few years into a very competitive national schedule. He has certainly gained a lot of experience over the past few years, and has done so by being successful in those national events. We are excited to have him on board for sure.”
Matlari concluded his fall season with a second-place finish at the European Men’s Club Trophy at Minthis Hills in Cyprus. Matlari, a native of Heidelberg, Germany, shot an 11-under par 202 (67-69-66), in the 54-hole event to earn his fifth top-five finish in his past eight events. At the Schuco Open, Matari competed against professional golfers from around the world and finished tied for third after firing a five-under par 67 in the one day event. With his performance, Matari finished better than professionals such as Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and Master’s Champion Bubba Watson. In August, Matlari won the title at the Harder Jr. Masters after carding three under-par rounds of 67-70-66. His solid play has earned Matlari a place on the German Amateur Golf National Team, which includes the top five amateurs in Germany.
“Alex is one of the best, if not the best, player in Germany,” commented Green. “Alex went to one of the top one or two schools in Germany in terms of academic strength, and then took a year after graduation to further his strength in English and his writing skills. He is doing so while traveling with the national team and playing at the highest level internationally, so he is more than getting his feet wet and getting ready to make those moves that you do in college where you bounce around the country and play in tournaments and try to balance it with the school work that you are missing. He is going to be one year more mature, one year more worldly, and savvy to handle different things that college golf throws at him.”