COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M men's golf program announced Wednesday the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Jake Goodman (San Antonio, Texas), Dylan Siebenaler (Sugar Land, Texas) and Mickey Werenski (South Hadley, Mass.) will all join the program next fall.
"These three young men are really impressive," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "They are all immensely talented but I believe their best golf is yet to come. As a group, their strength is in their ball-striking and work ethic. All three have a burning desire to compete and they are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. On top of that, they are outstanding students and young men of strong character. They are coming to Texas A&M as much for the education they will receive as for the golf program. I think they will be great representatives of our university and outstanding Aggies."
6-1 ● 175
San Antonio, Texas
Johnson High School
The son of two Aggies, James ('91) and Sarina ('90), Jake Goodman is the two-time captain of the Johnson High School golf team, which he helped lead to a fifth place finish at the 2012 5A State Championship. The Aggie tradition runs deep in the Goodman family as Jake's sister, Jessica, also plans to attend A&M as a member of the class of 2021.
Goodman was named a first team All-District 26-5A honoree and was selected as a participant at the 2011 Jackie Burke Cup, playing for the South Texas team. As standout in the classroom as well as on the links, Goodman earned academic all-district accolades and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish National Honor Society and JHS's House of Distinguished Jags (Jaguars).
"Jake is an exceptional young man from a great Aggie family," Higgins said." He is an outstanding student and terrific golfer with incredible potential. He bleeds maroon and really wants to help this team continue its winning tradition. Jake is captain on a great team at Johnson High for Coach Martin and played in some of the best tournaments in all of junior golf including the Junior PGA Championship and Footjoy Invitational, and has been very successful in the State of Texas so he knows what it takes to excel against strong competition. He has the ability to make a lasting impact on our program."
"I was born in College Station so I can truly say I always felt destined to be an Aggie," Goodman said. "With my parents graduating from A&M, all the time I have spent attending football games and other activities around campus; it was my top choice of colleges. I chose A&M because Coach Higgins brings in elite players from around the world to compete for National Championships every year and I want to be a part of this successful program. I believe Texas A&M is where champions are made and I can achieve my highest aspirations."
5-10 ● 170
Sugar Land, Texas
Dylan Seibenaler is the son of Chris and Terry Siebenaler from Sugar Land, Texas, and studied under instructor Paul Marchand at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.
The 5-foot-10 golfer has notched five top-10 finishes during his junior career including a third place finish at the 2010 Bubba Conlee and sixth place endings at the 2011 Red River Invitational and the 2012 Golfweek West Coach Boys Invitational.
During his high school career, Seibenaler won the 3-4A District Tournament as well as a regional tournament as a freshman in 2010. Also successful in the classroom, he ranks in the top 10 in his high school class.
"Dylan has been committed to us for over a year," Higgins commented. "I think he has the potential to develop into an outstanding player for us. He takes lessons from Paul Marchand, who in my opinion is one of the best instructors in the state of Texas. They have built an excellent golf swing and when you pair that with an incredible work ethic, it leads me to believe that the sky is the limit for him. He has already had some good success at both the national and state levels and we believe he is going to do nothing but get better here at Texas A&M."
"Honestly, it was easy to choose Texas A&M," Seibenaler said. "The golf program has been consistently ranked among the best in the country under Coach Higgins and the practice facilities are second to none. From an academic standpoint, the Mays Business School is also among the best, so I felt that by joining Texas A&M, I would have access to the best of both academics and athletics. From the first time that I visited the campus, I knew that A&M was a special place. I am very excited about joining the golf team and being a part of the great tradition of Texas A&M."
6-3 ● 175
South Hadley, Mass.
Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy
Mickey Werenski is the son of Mike and Sue Werenski of Hadley, Mass., and an attendee of the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.
The 6-foot-3 golfer was named the 2010 International Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year after notching an impressive nine wins during the campaign. He captured three top-5 and five top-10 finishes on the American Junior Golf Association Tour, including a fourth place finish at the Francis Ouimet Memorial Amateur Tournament and fifth place at the Golfweek West Coast Invitational.
Werenski has studied under instructor Gale Peterson and his brother, Richard, is a junior on the Georgia Tech golf team.
"Mickey was one of the top juniors in the country in 2010 before suffering a foot injury that left him sidelined for large parts of the last two seasons," Higgins said. "We still think he has the ability to compete with anyone and that is why we are bringing him to Texas A&M. He is a big, strong kid with very good length off the tee. He comes from a family of terrific golfers including his Dad who is a former PGA Club Professional, his Mom who played golf in college and big brother who plays for Georgia Tech so he has a good understanding of the game, both mentally and physically, and he has been successful on the national stage. Mickey also has a tremendous work ethic and the desire to be the best. We look forward to having him on our team."
"I chose A&M because of the strong commitment to winning that JT and the athletic department have shown over the years," Werenski said. "Their incredible facilities and tough schedule assures that the program will only continue to grow and with all of the other great players on the team, I will be pushed to the limit to get better. When I leave A&M, I know that I will be a much better player and person than when I came."
2012-13 TEXAS A&M GOLF SIGNING CLASS (3)
Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Jake Goodman 6-1 175 Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Dylan Siebenaler 5-10 170 Fr. Sugar Land, Texas
Mickey Werenski 6-3 175 Fr. South Hadley, Mass.