ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's golf program has signed Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio), Austin Dyson (Dublin, Ohio) and Tanner Johnson (Venetia, Pa.) for its 2017-18 recruiting class, as announced by 30th-year head coach Bob Cooley on Thursday (July 13).
"All three have a lot of potential," said Cooley. "They've all come from solid, well-coached programs."
A four-year letterwinner in golf at Vandalia Butler High School under head coach Scott Hadder, Crawford is a four-time Great Western Ohio Conference Player of the Year and garnered first team all-conference honors all four years. He led the GWOC in average as both a junior (2015; 35.56) and a senior (2016; 35.78). He set Vandalia's nine-hole school record twice. Serving as team captain as both a junior and senior, Crawford helped lead the Aviators to district titles in both 2015 and '16. He also qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament as an indiviudal in 2016. In addition to golfing, Crawford earned four letters in baseball and two in basketball at Vandalia Butler. Born Dec. 26, 1998, he is the son of Rob and Missy Crawford and has a brother, Matt, and a sister, Lexi.
A four-year letterwinner in golf at Dublin Scioto High School under head coach Todd Hardesty, Dyson served as team captain both his junior and senior seasons and was named team most valuable player all four years. Averaging a career-best 73 as a senior he earned Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year honors in 2016 and was named All-Central District for a second time after averaging a 76.1 as a junior in '15. An eight-time tournament medalist, Dyson shot career-best rounds of 67 at both the 2015 Jerome Invitational and the 2016 Clover Valley Sectional. He also earned the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for his efforts. Born Oct. 1, 1998, he is the son of Don and Debbie Dyson and has a brother, Taylor, and a sister, Mackenzie.
A three-year letterwinner in golf at Peters Township High School under head coach Dave Kuhn, Johnson helped lead the Mighty Indians to pair of Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League titles in 2014 and '15. He also helped Peters Township capture the Central Daulphin Invitational championship in 2014, '15 and '16. Serving as team captain as a senior in 2016, he placed third in the WPIAL championship and took third in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament qualifying, making the state tournament as an individual. Johnson qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2015 and Western PA Open in '16. He posted a runner-up finish at the 2016 Western PA Junior Match Play after placing third at the American Junior Golf Association at Worthington Manor in '15. Johnson also won two Hurricane Junior Golf Tournaments at Penn State and Nemacolin Woodlands in 2015. Born Jan. 30, 1999, he is the son of Brent and Jamie Johnson and has a brother, Parker.
Ohio's 2017-18 competition schedule will be announced at a later date.