CLEMSON, SC - Peter Mathison of Jupiter, FL and Josh Fickes of Beaufort, SC have each signed a national letter of intent with the Clemson men's golf program. Head Coach Larry Penley made the announcement on Tuesday. Both will be members of the 2014-15 Clemson team.
Mathison is ranked as the #69 player in the nation by Golfweek. He is the top player on the Oxbridge Academy school team that is in its fourth year of existence. He is the first male athlete to sign a letter of intent from the school. He plays for Coach Meredith Anderson.
Mathison has had a successful junior career that began with a victory at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Missou Inn when he was just 12 years and nine months old. He became the youngest champion of a national junior event when he won that tournament. He made match play at the United States Junior Amateur when he was 13 years and 10 months old.
He also won the FJT Winston Trails and the IJGT Tournament of Champions in 2011. Last summer he was the first alternate for his local US Open qualifying event. At the high school level he won the state regional tournament at Bear Lakes.
Fickes comes to Clemson from Beaufort High School where he played for Brook Dixon. Earlier this year, he won the South Carolina Golf Association Junior Championship at the Country Club of Lexington when he made a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole. He shot a six under par 210 for the event.
He also tied for third at the Carolinas Junior at High Point and was a quarterfinalist at the Carolinas Golf Association Junior Match Play. He teamed with another junior golfer to win the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Four Ball this past October when he made a birdie on the second playoff hole. Current Clemson golfers Austin Langdale and Carson Young won that event in 2011.
Fickes also qualified for the Georgia vs. South Carolina Junior Team Matches. Ranked sixth in the class of 2014 by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, Fickes finished fifth at last year's Jimmy Self Tournament in Greenwood and was 19th at he Junior Azalea at Briar Creek.