Mean Green Ink Player From The Woodlands
District Champion Lavalle Signs With UNT
DENTON - The Mean Green men's golf program signed JP Lavalle from The Woodlands High School, UNT head coach Brad Stracke announced Tuesday.
Lavalle, who tied for 24th at the American Junior Golf Association Championship in February against players from all over the country, said he felt like UNT would be the best fit for him.
"The coach there, he was one of the first coaches to ever really look at me, and that means a lot," Lavalle told The Courier of Montgomery County. "The coach up there is great. He obviously sees a lot of potential in me and sees a lot of potential in his program. The golf courses they play and the tournaments they play at are just great, it's next level. I'm very excited to compete there and play there and practice there, everything about the program I like a lot."
Lavalle had a decorated high school career at The Woodlands, near Houston, where he led his team to the District 12-6A championship and claimed the individual district title. His team fell just shy of qualifying for the 6A state tournament. He holds a Texas Junior Golf ranking of No. 139 and had a 74.7 average in two junior tournaments this year - a three-stroke improvement from his 2016-2017 season.
Lavalle knows he has a step up in competition and difficulty coming.
"Of course it's going to be a lot harder, and I'm going to have to put in a lot more work, but I'm willing to do it," Lavalle said. "I'm excited to prove to myself and to other players that I'm good, and I can compete with any other schools, any other players."
Stracke said he is excited to see Lavalle compete for the Mean Green.
"JP hits the ball extremely well and has soft hands around the greens," Stracke said. "I am looking forward to watching JP play for us this fall."