HOUSTON -- Following an impressive junior career in Scotland, Andrew Gibson has joined the University of Houston Men's Golf program after recently signing a National Letter of Intent.
Gibson, who stands 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and hails from Perthshire, Scotland, will compete as a freshman with the Cougars in 2016-17 and have four years of eligibility.
"Andrew has a lot of physical ability. He has a tremendous club head speed and solid mechanics," Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "As a former rugby and field hockey player, he doesn't have a lot of experience yet in golf, but he makes up for that with his physical gifts."
Attending Glenalmond College in Scotland, Gibson served as captain of the golf team and won multiple honors. He led Glenalmond to a fourth-place finish at the national tournament, compiling a 5-1 record in singles play at that event. He also led the school to the 2015 District Championship, a first in school history.
He captured the 2014 Junior Championship at his home course of Blairgowrie Golf Club and was the 2015 County/District junior champion in both the 2015 Stroke Play and Match Play Championships.
Gibson received the 2015 Gary Harvey Trophy, was named the 2015 Perth & Kinross Order of Merit Player of the Year and captured the St. Andrews Links Medal.
Gibson, who is the son of Douglas and Jeanette Gibson, won many local Junior Club Open Championships, including events at Carnoustie, Blairgowrie, Dunfermline and Kingsbarns and won the St. Andrews Links Medal at the 2015 St. Andrew's Boys Open, an international junior tournament with finalists competing in Rounds 4 and 5 on the Old Course.
He began his golfing career as a young boy but only recently focused solely on the game after playing both rugby and field hockey.
After graduating in 2015, he spent the 2015-16 season in Texas in preparation for his collegiate career with the Cougars. In his first start at an event in the Lone Star State, he won the Beltway JGT Christmas Challenge and later finished fifth at the TJGT Holiday Classic in Barton Creek.
Following The American Championships, the Cougars hope to compete at the NCAA Regional on May 16-18 at a site to be determined. The Cougars will learn their NCAA postseason fate during the NCAA Selection Show at 8:30 a.m., May 5, on the Golf Channel and the Golf Channel's web site.
Ol' Colony Golf Complex (Tuscaloosa, Ala.); Gallery Golf Club (Tucson, Ariz.); Meadow Valley Course -- Blackwolf Run (Kohler, Wisc.); Championship Course at UNM (Albuquerque, N.M.); Karsten Golf Club (Stillwater, Okla.); Vanderbilt Legends Club (Nashville, Tenn.) will host NCAA Regionals in 2016.
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