John Sand Signs With Denver

DENVER – The University of Denver men's golf head coach Erik Billinger and assistant Patrick Kent announced Tuesday the signing of John Sand.

Sand will join the program by way of Hoquiam, Wash. The incoming freshman has spent the last year at Hoquiam High School, winning the 2010 WIGA state championship and the 2014 1A state title. Sand comes from a large family, consisting of four siblings (two brothers, two sisters).

"John is the type of player that is impressive in everything he does," Billinger said. "He is very disciplined and talented and will help lead this team to an extremely high level. His has a solid all-around game with his strength being he has the ability to take advantage of the par 5s, and has wonderful touch around the greens."

The Hoquiam High standout also is a reigning three-time 1A district champion. He also is the four-time 1A league MVP.

"I knew the first time I watched him that he was a special player and one of the hardest working kids I know," Billinger said. "I look forward to getting the opportunity to coach him for 4 years. Coach Kent and I welcome him to the DU Golf Family."

Sand also enjoys playing the piano, ping-pong and basketball and chose DU because of the fantastic coaching staff and the high level of academic excellence the university is known for


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