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Men's Golf Receives Two National Letters of Intent
 
 
 
Head coach Sam Puryear announced the signing of Gareth Blease and Conor O'Neil to NLIs.
 
Head coach Sam Puryear announced the signing of Gareth Blease and Conor O'Neil to NLIs.
 
 

Nov. 19, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's golf head coach Sam Puryear announced the signing of Gareth Blease (London, England) and Conor O'Neil (Glasgow, Scotland) to National Letters of Intent. Both student-athletes will join the Spartans for the 2010-11 seasons.

Blease, a native of London, England, reached the semifinals of the 2009 Welsh Men's Amatuer Championship and finished second at the 2008 Welsh Boys' Stroke Play Championship. A team captain, Blease led the Epsom College to the national finals of the HMC Foursomes competition in each of the last two seasons. In addition, his county's U-18 team, won the 2009 national and South of England championships.

"Gareth has a lot of Ryan Brehm's innate skills," said Puryear. "He is extremely long off the tee and he is an unbelievable worker. He will have an immediate impact on the program."

O'Neil, from Glasgow, Scotland, has represented his country at numerous European events throughout his amateur career. In addition, he won the 2009 Glasgow County Junior Stroke Play Championship, and has finished runner up at the Glasgow County Senior Stroke Play Championship, the Southerness Amateur Open and the Faldo Series Scottish Final over the past year. O'Neil was named player of the year by the Flemming Watson League and the Glasgow Golf Union for 2009.

"He is an outstanding golfer and an extremely hard-worker," said Puryear. "He is relentless in his pursuit of becoming the best. He will play a huge part in our success going forward."

"Gareth and Conor are wonderful people," added Puryear. "They come from great families and have set their sights on the professional ranks. I am truly excited about both of their futures."

 

 

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