Thursday, November 21, 2013
Fort Dorchester golfer R.J. Keur has committed to Charleston Southern University.
Keur had multiple offers, including some from larger universities, but narrowed his choice down to three South Carolina schools. During a celebration Monday at FDHS, he announced he had made his final decision and signed a national letter of intent with the Buccaneers’ golf team.
“I like what both the school and the golf team is going to look like when I get there,” Keur said. “I think Charleston Southern is a good fit for me. My high school team practices on the same course as they do so I’ve been able to get to know them a little. I noticed they have been playing really good and beating a lot of schools including some of the bigger Division 1 schools. Also I know a lot of the team already from high school golf so most of us have already played together.”
Keur is the fourth-ranked junior in the state of South Carolina in the class of 2014 and is ranked among the Top 100 players in the country by several different ranking services.
This summer, he claimed the Al Esposito Junior Golf Championship.
His other accomplishments include a fifth-place finish at the S.C. State Junior, sixth-place finish at both the Beth Daniel Azalea and the Fall Challenge, and a third-place finish at the Players Championship. During those events, Keur shot a combined 9-under-par.
As a freshman, Keur placed seventh individually at the Class AAAA state championship tournament to help Fort Dorchester earn its first golfing state title. Last year, he placed third individually at the state championship. He has also helped the Patriots earn multiple Region 8-AAAA championships.
“RJ is the highest ranked player that we have ever signed at Charleston Southern,” Bucs Director of Golf Mike Wilson told csusports.com. “He comes from one of the top high school programs in the state. RJ will have the opportunity to be an impact player right away. He is very solid from tee to green and knows how to compete at the highest level.”
Keur plans to major in kinesiology and has aspirations of playing in the PGA.