Franky, Floren Join Golf Team|
May 3, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Déjà vu? Not quite, but Texas Tech men's golf coach Greg Sands signed Nils Floren, the brother of current Red Raider Oscar Floren, and tapped the country of Colombia again for one of its top juniors in Sergio Franky. The pair will compete for the Red Raiders in the fall.
"We're definitely planning on these guys making an impact and we`re excited about that," Sands said. "If nothing else, they are talented enough to step in and push their teammates; although I expect them to be competing for us."
Franky, who joins fellow Colombian Santiago Rivas on the squad, is currently competing at Heritage Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he is completing his final two seasons of high school. The world's No. 34-ranked junior golfer, Franky also is ranked second among international players in the class of 2007 and is the second top recruit from the state of South Carolina. Among his accolades is a seventh-place finish at the 2006 Junior Orange Bowl Championship, one of the world's most prestigious junior events. Franky also has several tournament titles to his credit, including a top finish at the 2006 Colombian Junior Amateur Match Play.
"We're real excited about Sergio's experience across the world and that usually is a really good indicator of being able to transition into college golf and play well," Sands said. "To be honest, he's probably one of the most pleasant and good-natured kids we've recruited. He will represent Texas Tech and out program very well."
While he won't play on the team with his brother, Oscar, who is finishing his eligibility this semester, Floren, the eighth-ranked golfer in Sweden is a member of the Swedish Junior National Team and posted a 72.38 scoring average in 2006. He attended Ostraboskolan High School in Ljungskile, Sweden.
"Nils has been selected to the Swedish Junior boys team, which we feel like has gotten him some good experience," Sands said. "He's been traveling with them to Wales, Spain and other places and it has helped develop his game. He's starting to come on and play really well. We are exicted about helping him continue to get better."