He’s made a meteoric rise in the American Junior Golf Association POLO Rankings and now Kingston’s Noah Steele has signed an agreement that will take him south of the border for his collegiate golf career.
The eighteen year-old Holy Cross Secondary student has signed a letter of intent to attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Bearkats play in Division I of the NCAA and were the 2014 Men’s Southland Conference Champions.
The decision comes after a busy recruiting season that escalated as Steele, a member of the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club, began to climb the rankings in the United States.
He currently sits at 116th in those standings, the highest of any Canadian – including a couple members of the Golf Canada National Development Team. He is 48th ranked among 2016 graduates.
In a year Steele has risen more than 600 spots in the AJGA ranking. He has been putting in a lot of work in an effort to improve his play and attract the attention of college coaches. In five AJGA tournaments in 2015 he was able to secure four top-five finishes included a tie for 2nd at an event in New York and a 5th place at the Lockton Kansas City Junior.
Steele has been a regular contender in the Flagstick Golf Magazine BMG Cup Series, finishing in the top ten of all 2015 events including a 2nd place at the Flagstick Open at eQuinelle.
“It’s kind of been my dream to be able to play college golf in the state of Texas,” Steele told Flagstick.com. “When I look at all the players who came from there, like Jordan Spieth, it says a lot about the place. (Steele met the world’s #1 golfer at his Invitational Tournament near Dallas this past July) I know I learned a lot from playing there this summer with different types of grass and the wind. It made me a better player. I think playing there for four years will really make me even stronger as a golfer.”
Steele was recruited by a number of schools over the summer but the commitment by the Sam Houston Men’s Golf Coach and a recent visit to the campus sealed the decision for him and his family.
“The facility and the school are fantastic. Getting to play under the wing of coach Brandt Kieschnick, a great player himself who was a BearKat player, is something I can hardly wait for.”
“There were points in time where I wasn’t sure it would happen. I’m thankful for the opportunity to play NCAA golf.”
Steele will begin his time at Sam Houston State late next summer. He says he will continue to play a strong schedule of events in 2016 with a greater emphasis on some big events in Canada now that his scholarship is in place.