Hartsville, SC- Coker College Head Men’s Golf Coach, John Handrigan, announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play golf for the 2006 CVAC Champion Coker Golf Team. Patrick Kirby, Philippe-Andre Bannon and Chris Marsh, have all made commitments to play golf for the Cobras next season.


Kirby, a native of Paris, Ontario Canada, is a member of the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada and is a four year honor roll student. He placed second at CJGA Ontario PGA Junior Championships and was also second in the Brant County High School Golf Championship. Kirby won the 2005 CJGA Brisk South Muskoka Championship and the 2004 and 2005 Midwestern Ontario Optimist Junior Golf Championship.


Kirby was asked about choosing Coker and he said, “I am thrilled to be attending a school recognized nationally for academics as well as golf. I can not wait to be apart of the action and help the team achieve the ultimate goal of winning the NCAA championship.”


Bannon is also a fellow Canadian haling from Laval, Quebec Canada. Philippe placed fifth at the Provincial Junior Championship in 2005, and shot the best round in the field at the 2005 Canadian Junior Championship, 65.


According to Bannon, he is looking forward to, “playing golf all year long, because in Canada we have a lot of snow.”


Marsh is a native of Georgetown, SC, where he is a standout at Georgetown High School. He finished second in the 2006 South Carolina State Championship, beating out golfers that had committed to large Division I schools.


Coach Handrigan said, “I am very excited about each one of these guys coming to Coker. I am looking for each of them to make significant impacts on the team right away and I really feel they will help us get back to National Championship.”


The Cobras are fresh off spectacular year of firsts. They made their first appearance as a team in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship, they won the Atlantic Region for the first time and they won the CVAC Championship for the first time ever.