Nov. 14, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach Pat Goss today announced the signing of 2012 British Boys Amateur champion and the world's 11th-ranked amateur Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) to a National Letter of Intent.
"I am very excited that Matt Fitzpatrick has decided to attend Northwestern," Goss said. "He is the most significant player we have signed since Luke Donald and will make an immediate impact on our program. Watching him play this summer I was not only impressed with his game but also his personality, demeanor and competitiveness. Matt really understands what Northwestern represents and fits our values well.
"Matt has had great success at the international junior level culminating in his impressive win at the British Boys Championship. His International experience, both individually and as a member of the England team, will make his adjustment to college golf seamless. I couldn't be more excited to have Matt on campus beginning next fall."
Fitzpatrick is the world's No. 2 ranked player aged 18 and under according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) after capturing the 2012 British Boys title -- the biggest junior event in Europe and equivalent to the U.S. Junior Championship on this side of the Atlantic. Current Northwestern assistant coach David Inglis also was a British Boys champion, capturing the crown in 2000.
A member of the Great Britain and Ireland junior team that competed in the Jacques Leglise trophy match against Europe (NU alum Luke Donald
took part in the match in 1995), Fitzpatrick also has played for the England Boys Team in the 2011 and 2012 Boys Home Internationals and the 2012 European Boys Team Championships. He is a member of the England Men's Team for 2012.
In addition to his British Boys title, Fitzpatrick won the 2012 Telegraph Junior Golf Championship and took third in the England Boy's Championship Carris Trophy one year after finishing second in that event.
Coached by Mike Walker and legendary English golf coach Pete Cowen, Fitzpatrick's home club is Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield. He will matriculate to Northwestern in the fall of 2013. Fitzpatrick's full bio is as follows:
High School: Ranked 11th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and second among players aged 18 and under on the day he signed his National Letter of Intent (Nov. 14, 2012) ... Won the 2012 British Boys Amateur Championship, the biggest junior event in Europe and the equivalent of the U.S. Junior Championship ... Winning margin of 10 and 8 was the largest in the British Boys since major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Sandy Lyle lost 10 and 9 to TR Shannon in 1974 ... Member of the Great Britain and Ireland junior team that competed in the Jacques Leglise trophy match against Europe (a match that NU alum Luke Donald played in 1995) ... Member of the England Boys Team in the 2011-12 Boys Home Internationals and the 2012 European Boys Team Championships ... Member of the England Men's Team in 2012 ... Won the 2012 Telegraph Junior Golf Championship ... Placed second in the England Boy's Championship Carris Trophy competition in 2011 before taking third in 2012 ... Coached by Mike Walker and Pete Cowen.
Personal: Born Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick ... Son of Russell and Susan Fitzpatrick ... Competed against Northwestern teammate and St. Andrews, Scotland, native Josh Jamieson ... Anticipated major is undecided.
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