The Valparaiso University men’s golf team has announced the addition of Drew Alexander (McCordsville, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) and Jack Juskow (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern), who have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusaders for the 2017-18 season.
Alexander will soon become a five-year varsity letterwinner after beginning his varsity career as an eighth grader. He played two years at Longwood Junior High School in New York before transferring to Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indiana.
“Drew is a terrific athlete, possessing great strengths in both his driver and long irons,” Valpo head coach Dave Gring said. “He is a birdie-producing machine with a wonderful ability to manage the golf course during his round.”
Alexander has racked up numerous awards and honors during his prep tenure. While at Longwood Junior HS, he was all-county in 2014, all-league in 2013 and 2014, received a Scholar Athlete Award in 2014 and was Pine Ridge GC Men’s Club Champion in 2013. At Hamilton Southeastern, Alexander has notched all-county recognition in 2015-16 and all-conference in 2015.
Alexander has two Top 25 individual finishes in the Indiana High School state championship, is a two-time College Prep Series winner at Purdue HGJT and has helped his team to two top-five state finishes. In 2015, his team won sectional and regional championships in the same season for the first time in program history.
“You can see the steady improvement in his game every year, working tirelessly in practice and playing a lot of tournament golf in the offseason and during the summers,” Gring said. “Drew comes from an awesome family, along with a supportive high school and swing coach, all of whom encourage him immensely throughout the year.”
The economics and supply chain management major has also found success off the course as a member of Academy of Finance, a nationally-accredited program that provides internships and specialized classes focused on business and finance. He carries a 3.94 cumulative high school grade point average.
Juskow’s resume includes Golfweek Junior Tour Fall Season end Player of the Year honorable mention (2015), Golfweek Junior Tour Player of the Year (2015-16) and Golfweek Junior Tour all-Golfweek Team (2015-16). He played in the North-South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst in 2016 and played in the 2013 U.S. Teens European Championships in Gulane, Scotland.
“Jack brings an enormous amount of golf tournament experience to our team,” Gring said. “He is an excellent ball-striker, with strengths in both his driver and putter. He is a strong young man and possesses a lot of athletic ability.”
Juskow, who intends to major in environmental science/ecology, holds a cumulative GPA of 3.80 and has earned Academic Deans List each of his first three high school years and Scholar Athlete recognition each of the last two years.
“Like Drew, he has a wonderful support system in his family, high school coach and swing coach, and this is clearly evident in the confidence that he demonstrates and his interpersonal skills,” Gring said.
Gring raved about both incoming players’ abilities to balance their studies and golf responsibilities and expressed enthusiasm and eagerness for their arrival at Valpo.
“We are thrilled to have two exceptional players from one of the best high school golf programs in the state of Indiana,” Gring said. “These two young men will have an immediate impact for us right out of the gates and throughout their time with our program.”