Hybl Announces Banner Class

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 18, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. -- First-year University of Oklahoma men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl announced the signing of three golfers to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the final day of the early signing period. Eduardo Castiello (Guadalajara, Mexico), Kyle Lewis (Shawnee, Okla.) and Michael Schoolcraft (Denver, Colo.) comprise Hybl’s first recruiting class and will join the Sooners next fall.

Hybl also announced Wednesday that Will Kropp (Edmond, Okla.) is transferring to OU from Georgia and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Kropp saw action in three tournaments as a freshman last season for the NCAA Championships semifinalist squad, competing in the Brickyard Collegiate, the Las Vegas Intercollegiate and the Linger Longer Invitational.

2010 CLASS

Eduardo Castiello

Kyle Lewis

Michael Schoolcraft

Will Kropp
Guadalajara, Mexico
Shawnee, Okla.
Denver, Colo.
Edmond, Okla.
High School / Previous
Colegio Liceo del Valle
Bethel HS
Valor Christian
Edmond North HS / Georgia

Named to Golfweek’s Preseason Notable Newcomers list, Kropp led Edmond North High School to four straight state titles before signing with the Bulldogs. The three-time Rolex All-American was medalist at the 2007 McDonald’s All-American Tournament and the 2006 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Wildcat Golf/Wichita Junior Championship, while winning the 2005 and ’07 AJGA OSSO Junior at Oak Tree in Edmond, Okla.

The son of Brad and Susan Kropp, Will recorded a 4-0 record as a member of the West Canon Cup Team in 2007, advanced to the semifinals of the 2007 Polo Junior Golf Classic, placed second at the Thunderbird International Junior and carded top-five finishes at the 2007 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 2006 PING Invitational.

Hybl on Will Kropp

"(Will) Kropp will be a great addition to our current team and the direction we are heading in the future. He is a great player from the state of Oklahoma and we are looking forward to his leadership and experiences that will help set a great foundation for us.”

Castiello is a three-time Mexican Federation League (FMG) and Mexican Junior Golf Association (MJGA) event champion. The Guadalajara, Mexico, product cruised to the 2009 MJGA Tour Championship in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, ending the event at 11-under.

Castiello competed at the 2009 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and placed second at the ’09 TJGT Sooner Invitational at Jimmie Austin Golf Club after a final-round 70. The son of Jaime Castiello Chavez and Sofia Gomez Verea, Eduardo also played as an amateur at the 2009 Mexico Open – a Nationwide Tour event.

Castiello spent 2006 at the Hank Hankey International Junior Golf Academy under the direction of David Goolsby. The OU signee is also a talented soccer player and competed in many national events with his high school squad.

Hybl on Eduardo Castiello:

“Eduardo was a great pickup for us out of Mexico and we are excited to have him on board,” said Hybl. “He is a true grinder on the golf course and I love how dedicated he is to become the best player.”

Lewis is the 2008 Oklahoma 3A state champion out of Bethel High School. The ’08 all-city recipient, placed second at the 2007 and 2009 3A state championships. The son of Marty and Kelly Lewis, Kyle was one of just 12 HP Scholastic Junior All-American’s in 2009.

Lewis climbed to 47th in the AJGA Polo Golf rankings after his win at the 2009 AJGA Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout. The Shawnee, Okla., native also picked up a pair of medalist honors on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour (OJGT) in 2008, with titles at the Cimarron National Junior Open and the Trosper Park Summer Challenge. Lewis recorded three straight top-two finishes at the Oklahoma 3A Regional Championship, winning the event as a freshman.

One of two Oklahoma nominee’s for the Wendy’s High School Heisman, Lewis is currently battling other nominees across the country for the national title. Lewis is ranked first in his class at Bethel and was named honorable mention all-state the previous two seasons for his basketball team. As a sophomore, Lewis led the state (all classes) in 3-point percentage after converting 72-of-132 attempts (.545).

Hybl on Kyle Lewis:

"Kyle Lewis is a true competitor and a great athlete.  Kyle is the perfect fit for our golf team and a true Oklahoman that will contribute significantly to our program.  He is unbelievable in the classroom which is always a huge positive for our guys."

Schoolcraft won the 2009 USGA Junior Amateur local qualifier at Bakker Crossing Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D., by three shots. A first-team Colorado all-state nominee out of Valor Christian, Schoolcraft carded top-five finishes in AJGA action at the 2009 Bob Estes Abilene Junior and the 2008 All-Star at Aspen.

Winner of the 2006 Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) Champion’s Gate Open, Schoolcraft also carded top-five finishes at the Colorado Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Junior Series Championship and the Denver invitational.

The son of Bill and Cheri Schoolcraft, Michael is also an accomplished hockey player. Schoolcraft traded in his skates for golf clubs, leaving his Connecticut prep school to return to Denver to pursue golf. The Denver, Colo., product was named most outstanding student in his class in 2007.

Hybl on Michael Schoolcraft:

“Michael is a hockey player at heart, but we are excited to have him coming in as one of our guys this fall because he has the tools to become a great player,” said Hybl. “He is from Englewood, Colo., and it is always nice to pick up a good player from a surrounding state.”

Recapping OU’s 2010 signing class, Hybl added “we are excited as coaches to have all of our guys sign with us, as we are starting to lay a new foundation here in Norman. We have everything we need here to be successful and it is a matter of bringing in the right guys that we think can thrive here at OU and I really like the start.”



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