June 13, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma head men's golf coach Ryan Hybl announced Sunday the signing of Abraham Ancer, the country's top junior college golfer, to a financial aid agreement.
Ancer, a member of the PING first-team All-America squad as a freshman this past year at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, will have three years of eligibility at OU starting in the fall.
"This is a really big recruiting win for us," said Hybl, who just concluded his first year at Oklahoma. "Abe is going to bring a lot to our program. A lot of the big hitters in our conference were trying to sign him, and he chose us over them. That's a good sign for us and where our program is heading."
Ancer, from Mission, Texas, won medalist honors in five of his seven tournaments this spring for Odessa College, including the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Invitational and the National Junior College Athletic Association District II Championship. He finished tied for second place at the NJCAA National Championship, helping the Wranglers to a fifth-place finish.
Last weekend, Ancer was presented in Ohio with the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Golf Coaches Association of America junior college player of the year. In May, Ancer was named the NJCAA Division I Winner of the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's most outstanding junior college freshman.
"I think he's going to be a solid, stable player for us," said Hybl. "We're looking forward to getting him here. Hopefully he'll transition well to Norman and to Division I golf and will go out and win a lot of tournaments like he did at the junior college level. He's one of those guys who just knows how to get the ball in the hole."
Ancer finished 29th in the June 8 Golfstat Cup standings, a national ranking system that includes college golfers from all levels. He finished first among junior college golfers, and only five Big 12 Conference golfers finished ahead of him.