IJGA junior Felix van Kleef verbally committed to University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Van Kleef is a former member of the German National Team. He came to IJGA with the dream of playing D1 golf for a Top 50 ranked college, and now he has achieved that goal. Felix will officially sign for the college at the end of the school year, and begin playing for the team in January 2019.
Long-time UNLV Coach Dwaine Knight will coach van Kleef. Coach Knight is a two-time National Coach of the Year and GCAA Hall of Fame inductee. Knight spent five years on the PGA Tour before becoming a coach of the UNLV Rebels men’s golf team. In 1998, Knight led the Rebels to their first-ever NCAA win in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also led the team to 20 trips to the national finals and 11 top-eight finishes. ESPN Radio named Knight the 2012 Sportsperson of the Year. Since being a coach at UNLV, 11 of his previous players have gone to play on the PGA Tour and have a combined 29 PGA Tour titles.
Van Kleef’s golfing highlights thus far include T5 at The Faldo Series Grand Final 2017, T5 German Boys National Championships 2016, T6 Cameron McCormick All Star, 14th U.S. Kids Teen World Championship, T12 AJGA Junior Open at The Legends, T13 AJGA Junior Open Sugarloaf.
“I want to make my family proud. My role model is my dad,” said van Kleef. He added, “I’ll miss my friends and the great atmosphere at IJGA. Jonathan is such a great coach.”
“Felix reached his dream to play at the highest level of D1 collegiate golf with Coach Knight’s team at UNLV,” said IJGA Director of Golf Jonathan Yarwood. “Coach Knight is legendary and the driving force behind the tremendous success of Rebel Golf since 1987.
“At IJGA, we don’t think small,” says Yarwood. “We build top collegiate and professional players, and the word is out.”