GW Golf to Add Bay Area's Bailey for 2014-15
Coach Scheinost Lands Top Talent from California's Bay Area
May 16, 2014
Bailey, a native of Walnut Creek, recently completed a standout four-year varsity career at Monte Vista High School in Danville. The left-handed player served as team captain as a junior and senior and was part of a Mustangs team that competed in four straight North Coast Section Tournament of Champions events and the CIF NorCal Championship as a freshman in 2011.
"I am excited to play for George Washington University under Coach Scheinost because it is such an incredible academic environment and athletic opportunity," said Bailey.
This past February, Bailey qualified for the Championship Bracket of the 232-player San Francisco City Championship in which he advanced to the round of 32 before being knocked out by Walker Huddy, currently a sophomore at California who played for the No. 1-ranked Golden Bears team in 2012-13.
"We are excited to have Zack join our program. I've seen him fight through some very difficult conditions and still find a way to post a good score, which will translate well to the college game," said Coach Scheinost. "He is also a natural putter and when he can get it going has a chance make everything."
Before arriving in Foggy Bottom in the fall, Bailey will look to build upon an impressive list of performances from the summer of 2013, when he won the Round Hill Junior Club Championship (even-par 72) and finished third at the Salinas Amateur Championship (70-71--141, -3), the Yolo County Amateur (68-65--133, -1) and the Future Collegians World Tour event at Sandpiper (74-72--146, +2). He also won the 2012 Diablo Valley Junior Championship (71, -1) and went undefeated during the 2013 Bay Cities Match Play League schedule.
Bailey was among a handful of current and future Colonials to compete in recent U.S. Open Local Qualifying events throughout the country. Bailey fired a 2-over 74 at Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno, California, four shots outside of a Regional alternate spot.
In Maryland, rising senior Jack Persons shot a 2-over 73 at Crofton Country Club to miss a playoff for the final qualifying and two alternate spots by two strokes, while rising sophomore Lucas Farmer carded an 11-over 82. In Florida, rising sophomore Michael Heda fired an even-par 72 at Weston Hills Country Club and missed forcing a playoff for alternate by two shots.
"With a solid nucleus of players returning and the addition of Zack to early signees Vince Palazzolo and Jack Porcelli, I'm excited for our continued growth in the coming years as we build toward our goal of becoming an annual contender in the Atlantic 10," said Coach Scheinost.