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Men’s Golf Adds Three ‘Exceptional’ Players in Signature Class 2023 – Auburn University Athletics

Men’s Golf Adds Three ‘Exceptional’ Players in Signature Class 2023 – Auburn University Athletics

Auburn, Ala – Men’s golf coach in Auburn Nick Clinard The signing of three new student-athletes set to join the program at the start of the 2023-24 season was announced Wednesday.

Three of the elite young performers of Josiah Gilbert, Jackson Koivun and Cayden Pope will join the long legacy of golfers to wear Orange & Blue.

“I would like to thank coach (Chris) Williams for his tireless efforts in recruiting the best class in the country,” Clinard said. β€œThis is a group of outstanding young people with exceptional skill. They will undoubtedly compete at the elite level.

β€œAll three of them have wonderful families who have raised them with a fine character and an incredible drive to chase excellence in all areas of their lives, which is exactly the fit and culture we look for in our program. There is no doubt that the future of Auburn Golf is bright.”

Josiah Gilbert
hometown: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Junior golf rating: No. 24
Preferred course: Lake Carniop Country Club

Curriculum Vitae: The son of Jeremy and Erica Gilbert…the father, Jeremy, is the Director of Instructions at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama…He has four younger siblings, Judah, Shiloh, Jerrah, and a carrot… They are ranked #24 in the class per junior Golf scorecard … a multi-sport athlete in golf, basketball, baseball, cricket and Australian football … currently attending Ezekiel Academy … captain of the Gosnells Golf Club Junior Pennant … selection of the West Australia Junior Golf All-State team … He chose Auburn over Alabama.

Clinard on Gilbert: “Josiah is a very talented guy who won many golf tournaments already in his young career. We were really impressed so early on, and we knew we wanted him to be an Auburn Tiger.”

Jackson Koavon
hometown: San Jose, California
Junior golf rating: No. 1
Preferred course: sig valley

Curriculum Vitae: Meghan and George Quivon’s son…currently studying at Laurel Springs School…Member of the Presidential Honors Team…Planning to study business at Auburn…Casted by the #1 player in the class via the Junior Golf scoreboard…Choose Auburn over Duke. , Illinois, Pepperdine, SMU, TN, UNC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Clinard on Koivun: “Jackson is a great competitor with great skills. His passion and drive will push him to become a force to be reckoned with at the university level.”

Kayden Papa
hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Junior golf rating: number 20
Preferred course: Privilege golf club

Curriculum Vitae: The son of Tracy and Greg Pope…has a younger sister, Caroline…she currently teaches at Lorraine Springs School…She was ranked as a top 30 signature in all three major recruiting polls, including a nod as a #20 in the American Junior Golf Association ( AJGA) Ranking… Kentucky High School Association Athletics Team Champion… chose Auburn over Vanderbilt.

Clinard on Pop: “Kayden has a tremendous work ethic and is someone with maturity beyond his years. He goes above and beyond to be a fantastic player and teammate. We are very excited to have him here next fall.”



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