Rio Grande Sports Information
JACKSON, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande's revived golf program now has its first signee.
Jackson High School senior Jared Lemaster inked a letter-of-intent to play for the RedStorm during a brief ceremony in the Ron Glover Booster Room at Rio Grande's Lyne Center.
The 6-foot-1, 145-pound Lemaster will get the opportunity to reunite with his high school head coach Keith Wilson, who recently left the Ironmen to become the RedStorm's head coach.
"I'm very excited and appreciative for the opportunity to play for Rio Grande and continue with coach Wilson," Lemaster said. "Playing at the collegiate level has been a dream ever since I started playing golf as a child."
During his prep career at Jackson, Lemaster was a three-time All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League selection and was also named to the Southeast Ohio Coaches All-District team three times.
"Jared's a great leader, both on and off the course," said Wilson. "He'll be a great asset to our program."
Lemaster said Rio's decision to revive its golf program for the first time since the 1970s was actually an added bonus to a decision he'd already made some time back.
"Shawnee State expressed an interest in me, but I had planned to attend Rio regardless," he said. "When this opportunity presented itself, it made it a perfect fit."
Lemaster, who plans to major in Radiologic Technology, is eager to get his collegiate career underway.
"I know that I need to improve on my short game, but I can bring my energy, enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to the program," Lemaster said. "My goals are for us to be competitive in the NAIA as a team and to continue to improve my skills as a golfer."
Lemaster is the son of Jeremy and Connie Lemaster of Jackson.