Nov. 15, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State men’s golf head coach Christian Newton announced Friday that Kyler Dunkel and Colton Yates have signed National Letters of Intent during the NCAA’s early signing period to compete at Colorado State.
Dunkel, a senior from Larkspur, Colo., won the Colorado 5A State Championship as a junior at Douglas County High School in 2012. Rated one of the top-100 golfers in his class by Golfweek, he was 2012 Colorado Player of the Year, and the Class 5A Player of the Year, earning a spot on the six-player Denver Post All-Colorado golf team. As a senior in 2013, Dunkle finished 13th in the state tournament. He has notched a pair of top-10 finishes in American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events, finishing 7th at Fox Hill in 2012, and tying for ninth at the Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes in 2013. Dunkel has also recorded three top-5 finishes on Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tying for fourth at the Grayhawk Raptor in 2012 and the Half Moon Bay in 2013, while notching a tie for fifth at the 2013 Wigwam. A four-time first-team academic all-league selection, Dunkle carries a 3.8 GPA, and chose Colorado State after being recruited by BYU, Denver, Kansas and Nevada.
“Kyler is one of the best players in Colorado for his class,” said Newton. “It’s very important to continue to attract the top players in the state to CSU. He is a big strong player who possess great length along with nice touch around the greens. I look for Kyler to be a contributing member of the squad for all four years.”
Yates joins the Rams from Scottsdale, Ariz., where is a standout at Notre Dame High School, and has had great success with individual wins on both the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour (RMGT) and the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT). Yates also qualified for a spot in the 2012 AJGA Sunriver Junior Open. Yates, who carries a 3.8 GPA, founded “Tee it up for Warriors,” a non-profit organization that benefits military-related charities. He chose Colorado State after drawing recruiting interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Idaho, San Diego, San Diego State and UC Irvine.
“Colton has a tremendous amount of potential and has improved exponentially in just one year,” said Newton. “He wouldn’t rather be anywhere else but a golf course and that was a big reason we liked him so much. We are very excited to have Colton in Fort Collins next fall.”