ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s golf coach Chad Wilson announced the signing of Jacob Kephart from Sandy Springs and France’s Maxence Mugnier to a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday.
Kephart is currently ranked as the No. 6 player in the state of Georgia, while Mugnier has worldwide experience and is currently ranked No. 441 in the Scratch Players World Ranking.
“Both Jacob and Maxence are the types of student-athletes we were looking to add to help give us a stellar 2020 class,” Wilson said. “We look forward to getting them on campus as both will immediately compete for spots in our line-up.”
Kephart, who currently competes at Mount Vernon Christian, has five top 10 finishes in the last seven events he has played, including a runner-up finish and a win.
Over the last year Kephart won the Atlanta Junior Championship as a part of the Georgia PGA with rounds of 71 and 70. He also finished in second place at the Georgia PGA Junior Tour Championship. Over the holiday break he finished in third place at the HJGT National Championship with a final round 70.
Earlier in 2019 Kephart earned a seventh-place finish at the AJGA Eagle Crest Junior Championship with rounds of 74-68-69.
“We are thrilled to announce the signing of Jacob Kephart,” Wilson said. “Getting to know him and his family has really been a great experience and to officially add him to the #PantherFamily today is a day we have all been looking forward to.
Mugnier is currently ranked No. 851 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and attends the Ecole Diagonale School in France. He has five top five finishes in his last six events dating back to the fall.
Mugnier won The Evian U18 this past fall with rounds of 70-73-67 and also earned runner-up finishes at the Championnat de France Cadets, Trophee des Regions, and Grand Prix de PACA.
“Maxence is exactly the type of player that Coach Mackay and I were looking for to add to this stellar 2020 class,” Wilson said. “He’s already played a lot of elite level competition and is someone who we expect to make an immediate impact on our team once he arrives to campus next fall. His potential on the golf course is very exciting, but his dedication to academics is the reason we felt he was perfect for our team.
The duo joins France’s Elliot Anger who signed with the Panthers last November as Wilson looks to fill the spots of four seniors who will finish their collegiate careers this spring.
Following a busy fall season that concluded in November, Georgia State will return to the course for the Puerto Rico Classic at TPC Dorado Beach Feb. 23-25.