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Nov. 15, 2006

(San Diego, CA) - The USD men's golf program has signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by head coach Tim Mickelson. Jason Shano (Aurora, CO) and Gunner Wiebe (Scottsdale, AZ) will join the Torero team beginning with the 2007 Fall semester. "I'm very excited about this year's recruiting class," said Mickelson. "There's no other way to describe it. Both guys are proven. Both guys have been successful on the golf course and in the classroom, which make them a perfect fit for USD Golf. I think this recruiting class signifies where this program is heading. And I'm certainly looking forward to enjoying the ride and seeing how far these guys can help take us."

Jason Shano brings solid credentials from his junor golf competition. He won the 2006 AJGA Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship; he won two SWSPGA Junior Championships in 2005; he placed 2nd at the 2006 Arizona 4A State Championship; two top-10 finishes at AJGA events; two top-15 finishes at AJGA events; and two top-20 finishes at AJGA events. Additionally, he has been named to the Arizona All-State team three straight years. Besides USD, Jason was recruited by Texas, Pacific, Denver, Northwestern, Columbia, Tennessee and Princeton.

"Jason is arguably the best ball striker I have ever recruited," added Mickelson. "That can go a long way towards success at the collegiate level. He is a proven winner who has a ton of desire and drive to get better. His natural ability combined with his desire to improve and learn is going to make him a very, very solid collegiate player."

Gunner Wiebe has already tallied some impressive golf honors. He finished 2nd at the AJGA Junior Golf Championship in Las Vegas to Jason Shano; he placed 3rd at the FCWT in New Mexico; he's placed 2nd and 5th at the state tournament; and 5th in the Colorado stroke play. He has also won the high school regional 4 years in a row; he was the 2005 Colorado match play runner-up and 2006 semi-finalist; and was named First Team All-Colorado in 2006. Besides USD, Gunner was recruited by Texas, Denver, Colorado State, Notre Dame and San Jose State.

"Gunner is a great kid with a ton of knowledge about the game of golf," stated Mickelson. "He knows how to score well and is not afraid to go low. He is also one of the best putters I have ever seen. This kid has all the tools to be very successful at the collegiate level."