Highly-Accomplished Golfer to Transfer to Kansas

May 9, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Stan Gautier, a freshman at Arizona State during the 2011-12 season, will transfer to Kansas and be eligible to compete in the fall, it was announced by the KU men’s golf team.

A native of Paris, France, Gautier enjoyed great success on the world circuit as a junior golfer. In 2007, Gautier won the British Boys Championship, becoming the first-ever non-English golfer to take home the Reid Trophy from one of the largest junior events in the world.

Gautier again made history in 2008 when he became the youngest golfer to win the French National Amateur Championship at only 15 years old. That same year, Gautier claimed the individual title at the European Young Masters tournament while also leading France to the team gold medal. Gautier was also selected to play for the European team in the Junior Ryder Cup twice and was ranked in the top 50 in the world on the junior circuit before enrolling at Arizona State.

While at Arizona State, Gautier shot par or better in nine of the 21 rounds he played. His season was highlighted by a sixth-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational when he shot a 4-under 212 over three rounds at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif.

“Without question, I’d say he’s the most talented player we’ve had here since Gary Woodland,” said Kansas assistant head coach Brian McCants. “He’s proven himself on the American stage and the world stage as a junior golfer, and I have no doubt he’s going to do the same thing here.”

Gautier will have three years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Kansas team for the 2012 fall campaign.