May 12, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University men's golf head coach Bob Cooley has announced the signing of Pennsylvania State Champion Grant Engel, who will compete for the Bobcats beginning in 2014-15.
The Pittsburgh, Pa., native recently completed an outstanding senior season at Upper St. Clair High School in which he won the PIAA Class AAA state title. Engel shot a two-day total of 174 (+5), winning by 2 strokes, to claim individual medalist honors and become the third PIAA champion in Upper St. Clair history.
As a senior, Engel also shot a three-under par 69 to help the Panthers win the WPIAL Class AAA team trophy at Cedar Brook Golf Course and put together a 75 during USC's run to the PIAA State Title.
The 2013 WPGA Junior Player of the Year, Engel was selected to compete in the CR Miller Memorial Match Play Invitational as a junior, which features the top-16 junior golfers in Western Pennsylvania. After defeating the top-seeded golfer in that event, Engel earned an invitation to play in the prestigious West Penn Williamson Team Cup.
An active member of the Pittsburgh community, Engel spearheaded Upper St. Clair's "Birdies For A Cause" initiative, which has raised more than $10,000 for both the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and for colorectal cancer research at the Allegheny Health Network. The campaign raised straight donations and pledges for each birdie the team shot during the golf season. Engel's involvement in the program earned him the "Young Achiever" honor from the Pittsburgh Tribune.