ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s golf coach Chad Wilson announced the signing of graduate transfer Ashton Poole and transfer Harry White on Thursday. The duo will join the Panthers this fall and be eligible immediately.
Poole comes to Georgia State as a graduate transfer from Virginia where he helped the Cavaliers finish second in the ACC Championship last spring and seventh at the NCAA Stanford Regional where he led the team with a tie for 15th, shooting a second-round 64.
White spent the previous two seasons at North Georgia where he competed in 15 rounds for the Nighthawks. He previously attended Marist High School where he helped the program to three state championships.
“Really excited to bring in two very talented student-athletes in Ashton and Harry,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “With the talent we have returning and the newcomers coming in, I’m excited to get practice going and get the season underway as we look to return to NCAA Regional play next May.”
Poole, who hails from Charlotte, N.C., and attended Charlotte Country Day prior to Virginia, is no stranger to Atlanta as he won the prestigious 2018 Dogwood Invitational.
This past season at Virginia, Poole competed in 24 rounds for the Cavaliers while compiling a 73.00 scoring average including four rounds in the 60’s and 12 rounds of par or better. His 6-under 64 at the NCAA Stanford Regional was the lowest round of the year for Virginia. After playing just one fall event, Poole’s play picked up in the spring where he finished tied for 18th at the ACC Championship and 29th at the Clemson Invitational.
In 2018, along with winning the Dogwood, Poole tied for fourth at the Carolinas Amateur and ninth at the Monroe Invitational. Those events came after a season at Virginia where he tied for 12th at the NCAA Regional and tied for 20th at the Gary Koch Invitational. He also had a tie for 14th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.
In both 2016 and 2017, Poole earned top 10 finishes at the Southeastern Amateur.
“I have been very impressed with Ashton during these last few months,” Wilson said. “He’s a mature kid that knows exactly where he wants to go and how to get there. We expect him to come in and be another leader for our guys.”
White, who is from Atlanta, earned 2016 GSHA All-State First Team honors as a senior at Marist High School after winning regional medalist honors.
Last season at North Georgia he competed in the season-opening Coker Fall Challenge, shooting an opening-round 72 before tying for 50th.
As a freshman, White played in five events while garnering a pair of top 25 finishes. He opened the year with a seventh-place finish at the Achasta Kickoff Classic, shooting 74-78-70. He also earned a tie for 22nd at the South/Southeast Region Preview shooting 75-72.
This summer, he shot a final-round 70 at the Dogwood Invitational.
“Harry is a talented player and the main part of his development this summer was to play a full schedule,” Wilson said. “He succeeded in doing so by competing in the Dogwood Invitational, GSGA State Amateur, and Georgia PGA’s Dripfusion Georgia Open. His ceiling is high, and we expect him to compete for a spot in the line-up right away.”
Georgia State will open the season Sept. 13-15, hosting the fourth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Golf Club in Carefree, Ariz. Practice will get underway after the student-athletes report back for the first day of school on Aug. 26.