Men's Golf Signs Two High School Standouts
Nov. 27, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's golf program announced the signing of two high school standouts to national letters-of-intent today. Robin Kang (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./South Torrance HS) and Ian Mankoff (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest HS) will join the Waves as freshmen for the 2013-14 school year.
"We're excited to announce the signing of Robin and Ian," Pepperdine assistant coach Carl Smith said. "We welcome them to the Pepperdine family and look forward to watching them grow as golfers and young men over the next four years."
Kang won Bay League titles for South Torrance as a sophomore and junior, and will be looking for his third in a row this spring.
He played in the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur, held at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H. He's won four times on the Toyota Tour Cup, tied for fifth at a Golden State amateur event at Bear Creek and has a pair of top-five finishes in AJGA play, including a tie for fifth at the 2012 Genesis Junior Championship.
"Robin has a very technically sound golf game," Smith said. "He has a great passion for the game and a work ethic to match it."
Said Kang: "It was the perfect choice for me as a Christian and as a golfer. I was looking for a place where I can get a great education and compete at a high level in golf while growing my faith and Pepperdine was it. I am very excited to say I am a Wave!"
Mankoff, who recently wrapped up his high school career, helped Lake Forest to state championships as a 2010 sophomore and a 2011 junior. He had a total of 12 top-five finishes at various Illinois high school events, and was named all-conference all four years.
He tied for first place at the FCWT Boys 13-15 National Championships in 2009, and he also won the 2008 Naples Beach Open. He's had a total of 14 top-five finishes on the CWT Tour, and five top-10 results in AJGA play, most recently a tie for seventh at the 2012 Midwest Junior Players Championship. Among his class, he's been rated as high as 57th by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and 62nd in the Polo/AJGA rankings. He's also been the top-ranked player in his class in the state of Illinois.
"Ian is going to be a tremendous asset to our program," Smith said. "He goes about his game very professionally and will bring great energy to the team."
Said Mankoff: "I love the feel and atmosphere of the school. It is the perfect mix of academics, athletics and location, which made it easy to choose Pepperdine."
Pepperdine announced recently that former All-American Michael Beard will soon be taking over as head coach. His first tournament in charge will be in the spring season when the Waves take part in the Arizona Intercollegiate on January 28-29.