JONESBORO, Ark. (11/19/18) – Arkansas State head men’s golf coach Mike Hagen has announced that IMG Junior World champion Adam Thorp, three-time Kansas high school all-state selection Cade Uhlenhake and the NJCAA’s seventh-ranked player in Michael Weppernig have all signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for the Red Wolves starting in 2019-20.
Thorp, who joined the likes of Tiger Woods and Jason Day as winners of the IMG Junior World Championships, is from Canberra, Australia, and will have four years of eligibility at A-State. He has claimed multiple other titles this year, including the NSW Country Junior Championships, Belconnen Open, Fairbairn Open and Belconnen Club Championships. He was also tabbed an ACT Sport Minister’s “Rising Star” award finalist in 2018.
“I’m excited for Adam to join our program,” said Hagen. “He has competed in the biggest junior events all across the world and won the 2018 IMG Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines. He carries himself with great confidence and enjoys competing as much or more than anyone I’ve been around. He’s a great iron player and, most importantly, he knows how to win.”
The 2017 calendar year saw Thorp earn victories at the NSW State Age Junior Championships, Federal Matchplay and NSW Country Junior Championships. He was also captain of the ACT State boys team for the 2017 Pacific School Games and was his age-group winner at the Jack Newton International Junior Classic.
Weppernig will come to A-State via Western Texas College, where he was named First Team All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC), NJCAA First Team All-District and NJCAA Second Team All-America in 2018. An Obernau, Switzerland, native who attended Freis Talent, he has been a member of the Swiss National Team for the last six years. He will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Red Wolves.
“Michael is a technically solid player,” Hagen said. “He takes pride in his golf swing and brings a wealth of experience to our program. He’s competed at the highest levels in Europe with the Swiss National Team, and he’s been one of the better junior college players in the nation the last two seasons.”
Uhlenhake is the 103rd ranked player in his class according to Junior Golf Scoreboard, which also ranks him No. 172 overall. While attending Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kan., he earned Class 6A All-State honors in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He finished third at the state championships in both 2017 and 2018.
“Cade is a big, strong and athletic player,” said Hagen. “He has very good hands, and his length is definitely a positive. He works hard on his game, and I believe he is going to be a big-time contributor for our program.”
Named to the Eastern Kansas League All-Conference Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Thorp was the league’s individual champion and Player of the Year in 2018. He has finished among the top-10 leaders in the last four AJGA tournaments he’s played and is listed No. 199 in the 2019 class by the Rolex AJGA rankings. His sister, Peyton, is currently a sophomore on the Arkansas State volleyball team.