MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
West Virginia University head men’s golf coach Sean Covich announced Thursday that Easton Renwick
(Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania/Coastal Carolina), Jon Ransone
(Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Watterson), Tae Wan Lee
(Seoul, Korea/Univ. of Florida) and Mason Short
(Waldorf, Maryland/St. Mary’s Ryken) will comprise the first Mountaineer golf team in more than 30 years.
The four will redshirt the 2014-15 season, though they may participate unattached in amateur competitions outside of during vacation periods outside their season, which will run from August 25 to October 30 and from February 2 to April 24. The squad will resume varsity competition in the fall of 2015.
“I’m very excited to announce the addition of these four student-athletes to the WVU men’s golf team,” said Covich. “I was hoping to find a few upperclassmen with previous collegiate experience to help build this program from scratch and believe that they will bring instant leadership and experience to our team as we continue to recruit future student-athletes. While each player has taken a different path to West Virginia, they all share a common goal in wanting to lay a strong foundation for Mountaineer golfers. I am grateful for their confidence in me and in WVU.”
A native of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Renwick arrives in Morgantown after spending two seasons at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Competing in eight events as a freshman and sophomore for the Chanticleers, Renwick won the 2013 Charleston Shootout and recorded three more top-15 finishes for the Chants. In addition, he was the runner-up at the 2012 West Penn Amateur at the Kakwa Club and was a medalist at the 2014 U.S. APL Sectional Qualifying tournament at Somerset Country Club. Renwick also competed for Punxsutawney Area High School before transferring to Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he was unable to compete due to transfer rules. While at Punxsutawney, he claimed a pair of top-5 finishes at the Pennsylvania State Championships, placing third in 2008 and fourth in 2009. He also won the C.R. Miller Matchplay Championship in 2008 and 2009. The son of Patrick Renwick, who played baseball at Lock Haven, and Pamela Miller Miller Creighton, he has one sister, Charlie Grace. Renwick intends to major in international studies.
Hailing from Hilliard, Ohio, Ransone comes to WVU from the University of Toledo, where he spent his freshman season. Prior to that, Ransone competed for head coach Olin Moleragno at Bishop Watterson High School and coach Gerry Hammond of the Gerry Hammond Golf Academy. At Bishop Watterson, he was a four-year letterwinner, three-year captain and a three-year all-district honoree. A two-time district player of the year, Ransone also earned all-state accolades and was a Columbus Dispatch Player of the Week who took seventh place at the state tournament. While with the Rockets Ransone appeared in a pair of tournaments, taking 18th at the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational. In his junior career, he recorded back-to-back top-10 finishes at the 2011 and 2012 Golf Club at Yankee Trace Tournament as part of the Future Collegians World Tour. The son of Tim and Anne, Ransone has a brother and a sister, Emily, who played golf at Penn State. He will major in marketing at WVU.
Lee will join the Mountaineers from the University of Florida, where he was a member of the golf team as a freshman but did not see any tournament action. Hailing from Seoul, Korea, Lee attended Downey Christian High School in Orlando, Florida. As an amateur, he twice represented the East at the Wyndham Cup, earning MVP honors in 2012 with a 4-0-0 record. Lee was also the runner-up at the 2012 AJGA at Innisbrook and the Terra Cotta Invitational. In his native Korea, Lee won a quartet of tournaments in 2007, highlighted by Korean Junior Golf Association Championship, where he shot 68-69. He was also the first-place finisher at the Jevin Junior, Ho Sim Ba Invitational and Song Am Invitational. In 2008, Lee made the cut for the KEB Invitational on the Korean Golf Tour and took first place the following year at the KJGA MBC Invitational. He was a Rolex First Team All-American as well as an all-state and all-district honoree. The son of YeongCheol Lee and ShingYeong Park, Lee has one brother and intends to major in business.
Currently attending WVU, Short is a native of Waldorf, Maryland, where he played for head coach Jason Early at St. Mary’s Ryken. He was four-time county player of the year and all-county first-team honoree, a three-time team captain, MVP and all-conference first team member and a two-time all-Met honorable mention. Short was also the 2010 WCAC Conference Champion, earning 2010 All-Met first team honors. The president of WVU’s Club Golf team, he shot 72-74 to win the 2014 National Collegiate Club Golf Association National Championship, earning him an exemption into the Southeast Amateur. Short is the son of Jerry Short, who played football at Salisbury State, and Dawn Chavez as well as the brother of Austin and MacKenzie. He is a communications major at WVU.