Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head men's golf coach Todd Lawton announces the incoming recruiting class for 2014-15 with David DeMarois and Thomas Schofield set to join the program in August.
DeMarois turned in a standout youth career in Michigan, while Schofield had a standout junior career playing out of Barbados.
DeMarois played high school golf at Brighton High School and had a tremendous senior season. He was a Division 1 all-state selection and a state qualifier. He finished 19th in the state tournament with rounds of 73 and 75 at Forest Akers East, the home course of Michigan State. A finalist for Mr. Michigan Golfer, he claimed third at the Region 1 championship with a 74 in the final round to finish one stroke back of the eventual tournament champion. He also finished third at the District 7 championship, shooting a 72 and leading Brighton to a second-place finish and earning all-conference honors. He finished the season with a 73.4 18-hole stroke average and 37.5 stroke average in dual play. He shot a 1-under-par 69 at the Birmingham Seaholm Invitational during a stretch where he played 90 holes at 1-under to highlight the season. He was named the Livingston Daily All-County Player of the Year. He is also a standout in the classroom and graduated with a 3.2 non-weighted GPA.
"David is very talented and loves to compete," said Lawton. "He has shown that not only can he play from tee to green, he can also make crucial putts. His is passionate and hard-working, and I am excited that he will come South this fall as a Spartan."
Schofield has been a standout on the junior golf circuit playing out of Barbados. He has played internationally in England and Scotland as well, and competes regularly in AJGA events in the United States. He claimed second place with rounds of 66 and 75 on the Palmer Course at the FCWT at Reunion. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the Florida Junior Match Play before losing 3&1 to the eventual champion. In addition to golf, he also plays soccer, tennis and cricket. His father, Greg, is the CEO and a European PGA Professional at Royal Westmoreland in Barbados. In addition to his athletic talents, Schofield is strong academically and graduated from the St. Michael School with a 3.7 GPA.
"Tom is a strong competitor who has truly travelled the globe to play competitive golf," said Lawton. "His ability to adjust for conditions and his consistent ball striking will be an asset for us and will put him in a great position to score well everywhere. He is disciplined and passionate. I'm excited that he will call Upstate home this fall."
Upstate is coming off a strong season in 2013-14. The Spartans won three tournament championships, the most in any one season in program history. Upstate also broke the program's all-time season stroke average, turning in a 294.5 to top the 295.2 recorded by the 2007-08 squad. Lawton returns A-Sun all-conference selection Ryan Cornfield and A-Sun all-freshman pick Taylor White as leaders on an experienced team in 2014-15.