KirkwoodGolf: Europe's No 1 junior bound for United States

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Europe's No 1 junior bound for United States

Denmark's John Axelsen commits to Florida
University in 2017
  John Axelsen
John Axelsen ( Leaderboard Photography )
University of Florida head coach J.C. Deacon has secured some of his own country's top recruits in his short time in Gainesville: Andy Zhang, Eugene Hong and 13-year-old Joseph Pagdin, to name a few.
Now, Deacon has received a verbal commitment from one of the world's best junior golfers.
Denmark's John Axelsen, No. 177 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, told Golfweek on Monday that he will play for the Gators beginning in autumn of 2017.
“The program at the University of Florida is very ambitious, and Coach Deacon has already built up a very strong and impressive team with world-class players," Axelsen said, "and with signings and commitments from some of the best juniors in the world, it is going to be a very exciting place to be."
Axelsen, who visited Gainesville last winter with the Danish national team, said he had "several great opportunities from some great coaches and universities, but Florida was my favourite from the start." 
His sister, Elisa, plays college golf for South Alabama, and her experience in Mobile, about 400 miles west of Gainesville, was a big factor in Axelsen's decision to play college golf in the U.S.
Axelsen, 17, has reached No. 1 in the European U-16 boys golf rankings and debuted for the Danish national team at the 2014 European Team Championship in Finland. He also was a member of the 2014 European Junior Ryder Cup team.
His victories include the Danish International Amateur, English Boys' U-16 McGregor Trophy and English Boys' U-13 Reid Trophy. 
He said he plans to play only one event in the U.S. in 2016, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, as he concentrates on amateur tournaments in Europe.
Axelsen is Florida's third verbal commitment for the Class of 2017, joining Manuel Girona and Robert Eisch.