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.”
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