Men’s Golf Adds Notre Dame Transfer Tucker Clark

BOULDER – University of Colorado Men’s Golf Coach Roy Edwards completed its 2022-23 recruitment promotion with the addition of tucker clarkwhich transfers to the CU program at the University of Notre Dame.

One of the nation’s top signings in the 2020 freshman class, Clark played his true freshman season for the Fighting Irish, appearing in all seven tournaments this spring with four top 25s. He wore a red shirt the season last while recovering from elbow and ankle injuries and will have three years to play three years in eligibility for the Buffaloes.

For the Spring 21 season (there was no competition in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic), he finished fourth over the Irish with an average of 72.52 shots (for 21 rounds) , with bests of 65 (7 under) for 18 holes and 205 (under 11) for 54, the latter two being team best. Seventeen of those rounds counted towards Notre Dame’s team score, and he had a lower percentage at 21.3 (78 birdies and two eagles for 378 holes played). Clark finished tied for 20th in his first collegiate meet, the Florida State Camp Creek Seminole Invitational (217, +1), and also led the Stitch Intercollegiate team when he finished tied for seventh with an effort of 11 under 205 (65-74-66).

“We were very happy when Tucker told us he was going to be a Buff,” Edwards said. “He’s an incredible talent who can shoot really low scores. Tucker was a very recruited player in high school and a guy that we really wanted back then and are lucky to have now. We hope he will have a great career here in Colorado.”

The Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked him as the No. 15 player in the nation for the Class of 2020, based on his high school and junior golf accomplishments. He led Arcadia High School (Scottsdale, Arizona) to a pair of state titles and won the individual crown when the Titans won the second time around in 2018, winning a 6-under 64 scorecard. In 2017, he was the individual champion of the Antigua National High School Invitational (70-68—138, -6), with Arcadia also winning the team title. Nominated for Arizona High School Athlete of the Year in 2017 and 2018, he served as Arizona’s junior golf ambassador for six years.

Some of his major amateur accomplishments included victories in the 2020 Indianapolis GCAA Amateur Series and the Junior Golf Association of Arizona Willie Low Invitational; that same year, he finished third in the Rolex Tournament of Champions (7-under 71-72-71-67—281). In 2019, he earned AJGA Sergio Garcia (212, -4) and Bryce Molder Invitational (66-70—136, -6) honors while earning third place at the Arizona Junior Stroke Play ( 67-72 -65—204, -9)

He was ranked 31st in the final AJGA rankings, was a two-time Rolex Junior Honorable Mention All-American (2019, 2020), as he recorded six of AJGA’s top five efforts. During his Arizona JGA career, he played in 82 tournaments, with eight wins, 10 second-place finishes, and eight third-place finishes. One of his most impressive wins came at the 2018 IMG Academy World Junior Golf Qualifier at Raven Golf Club in Phoenix, when he posted a score of 67-65-132, which was 12 under par.

“I’m looking forward to joining the team and I’m grateful that Coach Edwards and Coach (Derek) Tolan gave me this opportunity,” Clark said. “I’m really excited to get to work and be part of a young team and help make a run for the Pac-12 and NCAA championships.”

Clark cited several factors in choosing the Buffaloes over several other contenders.

“The facilities, Boulder as a city, the coaching staff and the young squad were all very appealing to me,” he said. “I was blown away on my visit, it exceeded all expectations and felt like home.”

Clark joins a young but talented team at CU, which has only one senior this fall. Otherwise, he will be one of six sophomores with three freshmen completing the ’22-23 Buffaloes.

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