GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head men's golf coach Matt Davidson announced today that Walker Crosby, Ross Funderburke, Reynolds Lambert, and Sam Lape have signed to join the Paladin team during the 2019-20 season.
"We are incredibly excited for these four great student athletes to officially sign to be Paladins," said Davidson. "Ross, Sam, Reynolds, and Walker are obviously all terrific and accomplished players, but they are also good teammates, hard workers, and everything a coach could ask for in a student-athlete."
Crosby hails from Memphis, Tenn., and is the brother of current Paladin sophomore Jack Crosby. He carded rounds of 71 and 68 to win the individual state championship as a senior and helped his prep team, Memphis University School, to team titles as a sophomore and junior. Crosby was 5-under to win individual medalist honors at the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour event at Old Waverly with rounds of 70 and 67. With a stroke average of 71 as a senior, he is ranked sixth in his recruiting class in Tennessee according to Junior Golf Scoreboard. Crosby is a member of the Government Club and Finance Club.
Funderburke is a native of Roanoke, Va., and a product of Hidden Valley High. He has ranked as high as third among players in Virginia and boasts a 69.8 stroke average for his high school career. He placed fourth at the VSGA Junior Match Play Championship as a senior. Funderburke won the Bob McClelland Metro Invitational and the Heritage Invitational, where he posted a career-low 63, then shot a 67 in the final round of the VSGA State Open during his junior year. He finished sixth in the Junior North South and represented Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational, where he recorded a fourth-place finish. Funderburke, who was honored as the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Player of the Year as both a junior and senior, is a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National English Honor Society.
A native of Mountain Brook, Ala., Lambert is the top-ranked player in Alabama in his recruiting class, according to the Alabama Golf Association ratings. He helped Mountain Brook High to the Class 7A state title as both a sophomore and junior and was named to the 2018 AL.com Super All-State Golf Team. He was selected to the Alabama Golf Association (AGA) Junior All-Star first team as a junior. Lambert won the AJGA Scott Stallings Junior Championship, setting a tournament record at 15-under, and tied for third at the 2018 Future Masters. He posted a top-10 finish at the Southern Junior Championship and qualified for the Jr. PGA Championship and the Jr. Players Championship. Lambert is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Spanish Honor Society. He has also been active in the Interact Service Club and with Habitat for Humanity.
Lape is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and was a teammate of current Paladin junior Keller Harper at the Westminster Schools. He ranks tenth among players in Georgia and holds a 71.75 stroke average as a senior. He helped Westminster to two state titles and won individual medalist honors as the state tournament as a junior. The Georgia 3A High School Player of the Year and runner-up for GSGA Player of the Year, Lape finished as the runner-up in the GSGA Match Play Tournament. Besides finishing second at the SJGT Berkley Hills Junior Classic, he also placed third in the Georgia State Junior, eighth in the Atlanta Open, and 17th in the Georgia State Amateur as a senior. As a junior, he won five SJGT tournaments, scoring under par in each event, and was honored as the SJGT Player of the Year.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information