LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s golf team added three golfers to its 2011 class, singing three Kentucky natives in Will Bishop (Lexington, Ky.), Todd McDaniel (Manchester, Ky.) and David Snyder (Somerset, Ky.), head coach Brian Craig announced Tuesday.
“I could not be more excited to announce our all Kentucky signing class for 2011,” said Craig, who is in his 10th season as the head coach at Kentucky. “Will Bishop, David Snyder and Todd McDaniel embody everything we look for in student-athletes. All three of these young men are extremely accomplished players, excel in the classroom and have a deep love for the University of Kentucky.”
Bishop will not have to travel far to play collegiate golf, after attending Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. Bishop has had a successful run in junior golf at the national and state level, becoming the youngest player to ever win the Lexington Men’s City Championship in 2009. Bishop also finished in the top 10 at the Trusted Choice Insurance “Big I” National Tournament, placing tied for eighth in 2009 and tied for second in 2010. Bishop was one of the top junior players at the 2010 Kentucky State Amateur, carding a top-eight finish among juniors.
“Will Bishop is from right here in Lexington and is someone we have had our eyes on for years,” Craig said. “He has enjoyed a lot of success at the local and national level, becoming the youngest winner of the Lexington City Amateur in 2009 and finishing sixth and second, respectively, in the Big I event the last two years. He also has competed in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open, winning the event in 2009. Will has great fundamentals and an enormous upside in this game. I look forward to coaching him to a brilliant career as a Kentucky Wildcat.”
McDaniel joins the Wildcats from Manchester, where he attended Clay County High School and put together an impressive junior golf record. McDaniel has won more than 50 tournaments at the junior gold level, including being named all-state twice. McDaniel posted runner-up finishes in the Kentucky Junior Amateur and the American Junior Golf Association tournament at Nemacolin, while receiving a nomination for AJGA Scholastic All-American.
“Todd McDaniel is a tremendous athlete and fierce competitor,” Craig said. “He showed what he is capable of this summer with several top-five finishes in AJGA events, as well as almost winning the Kentucky State Junior Amateur. I firmly believe that Todd’s best golf is in front of him because he is the most determined and hard-working young player that we have ever signed. Those qualities will be a tremendous asset to our program and will take Todd a long way in this game. He is also a very well rounded student-athlete with off-the-charts academics. I look forward to Todd joining our family and having a distinguished career as a Wildcat.”
Snyder, a native of Somerset, attended Somerset High School. The 2009 Kentucky Junior Amateur Champion has put together a quality résumé in high school and junior golf, being named to the Kentucky High School Athletics Association All-State team for three years. Recently, Snyder finished third at Greenbrier Golf and Country Club in the AJGA Woodward Video Junior tournament. Snyder had a great year on the course in 2009, placing third in an AJGA event at The Virginian Golf Club and finishing fifth in the Bubba Conlee National.
“David Snyder is a very accomplished player on the national and state levels,” Craig said. “He has proven that he can play at the highest level with solid finishes in tournaments like the Western Junior and Big I Championship. However, I am most excited about the golf that David is capable of playing in the future. He is big, strong and has a tremendous passion to be the best. I think the sky is the limit for David and I am confident that he will play a huge role in our team’s success. He is going to have a great career as a Wildcat.”
The three golfers will join an already young Kentucky team. This year, the Wildcats have two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
“It will be a real privilege having these young men lead the future of Kentucky golf,” Craig said. “It is a special day when our entire class hails from the Bluegrass State and are already a part of the Big Blue Nation. More importantly, these young have all proven they can compete at the highest national level.”