UVA Men's Golf Signing Class Features Three Top Juniors
Nov. 13, 2015
Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia men’s golf coach Bowen Sargent announced today the signing of a three-man recruiting class of top junior golfers who will join the Cavalier program next fall. The class includes Nathan Chuwait (Herndon, Va.), Andrew Orischak (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Luke Schaap (Potomac, Md.).
“We’re excited to announce the 2016 class of Andrew, Luke, and Nathan,” Sargent said. “All three of these young men have the ability to move the program forward to reach our team goals of winning the ACC Championship and make the NCAA finals on an annual basis. Not only do all three young men come to Charlottesville with strong golf backgrounds, each one is a serious student, interested in pursuing their personal goals of academic success.
“It is awesome to see three quality young men have the faith in our program and university to assist them in the next step of their lives. As a staff we are excited and privileged for the opportunity to assist them in this all-important journey to earn one of the best degrees in the world and making the PGA Tour.”
Orischak is the top-ranked junior among the trio of signees. He is ranked the nation’s No. 10 junior by Golfweek and is the No. 19 golfer in the American Junior Golf Association’s standings. Listed as a member of the class of 2017, Orischak is graduating from high school a year early to enroll at UVA. According to the AJGA standings, he is the fourth highest ranked college bound player for 2016.
Orischak was named a 2015 Rolex Junior Golf second-team All-American. He was the runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and placed seventh at the 2014 Jones Cup Junior Invitational. He also posted a top-10 finish at the 2015 FootJoy Invitational. Competing at Hilton Head High School, he was the runner up in the South Carolina AAA championship in 2013.
Chuwait is ranked the No. 136 junior by Golfweek and is the top-ranked player from the state of Virginia for his class. He was named to the 2015 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America team and the 2014 AJGA HP Scholastic Honor Roll. Chuwait was a member of the 2014 Virginia team for the Virginias-Carolinas junior matches. He was the boys division champion at the 2012 Scott Robertson Memorial and also won the Donald Ross Junior title that year. Last summer he participated in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships after being medalist at the sectional qualifying tournament.
Chuwait won the Virginia Class 5A/6A individual title and helped Thomas Jefferson High School to a runner-up finish in the team competition. He was the individual runner-up in 2014 and placed third in 2013. An all-state selection, he was named to the Washington Post’s All-Met team in 2013 and 2015.
Schaap is ranked the No. 120 junior player by Golfweek and No. 115 by the AJGA. He tied for seventh at the 2015 Western Junior Championships and was eighth at the Philadelphia AJGA Junior. He won the 2014 Williamson Cup and was ninth at the 2014 AJGA at Ravenwood and sixth at the AJGA Bethesda Junior.
He helped lead Winston Churchill High School to a pair of 3A/4A Maryland state championships and was a three-time all-metro selection in high school.