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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Senior golfer Cade Anderson has committed to play golf at Rutgers University and attend the school in the fall.
“I am super excited and ready to compete at the next level in a new part of the country,” said Anderson. “It is going to give me more experience as I continue the journey of my career.”
Anderson chose Rutgers after an extensive process that started his freshman year to find the right fit for both his academic and athletic goals.
“I started my process early and went on visits my freshman, sophomore and junior years,” recalled Anderson. “I probably visited 16 schools and had 5 official visits.”
Anderson made his decision earlier this spring to head East and play for Head Coach Rob Shutte and the Scarlet Knights.
“What really attracted me to Rutgers was the coaching staff and the opportunity to start my freshman year,” said Anderson. “For golf, it is really important to get out playing as soon as you can.”
He plans to study business with a focus on hospitality and hotel management.
“I am excited,” said Anderson of the move East over 2300 miles. “I travel to a lot for golf tournaments and I think a new environment and place will give me an additional perspective and experience to compete at the next level.”
Anderson has been at the top of his game this Fall. He has been five-time medalist including two nine-hole duals and three 18-hole events. He took the top honors at the Antigua High School Invitational (-7, 137) and the Ridge Open (67) in Flagstaff, while posting a 35.6 stroke average over nine holes and 68.8 on 18 holes.
“There are very few junior golfers who practice and have a routine like a Tour player,” said Head Coach Scott Watkins. “He analyzes his shot, all the yardages and what he has to cover and wind and none of these guys do that. The way he carries himself and goes about his business with every shot, Rutgers is going to get an extremely polished player. I would be shocked if he is not playing right away.”
Anderson has led his team to the No. 2 ranking in Arizona Division II and will enter the state tournament ranked fourth overall in Division II. After having his clubs stolen right before State last year, Anderson is ready to finish his final season on a high note.
“Last year was an unfortunate experience,” said Anderson. “I have never felt better about my game or had more experience playing well than right now. I feel really good knowing, if I play my game and the putts fall, I can be right there.”
Anderson will play at the AIA State Championships Nov. 4-5 at the Omni National in Tucson and the participate in signing day on Nov. 11.