There's little doubt that the University of Colorado men's golf team has seen a good amount of success this season.
The team found a good chunk of that success overseas three years ago when it recruited German native Jeremy Paul, a junior who is on course to become one of the greatest Buffaloes to play the game.
Head coach Roy Edwards already places Paul in that category, even though he still has more than a year left to play at CU.
"He's going to go down, along with Philip Juel-Berg, our senior, as two of the best players we've ever had in our program's history, and that's a proud history dating back a long time of great individual players," Edwards said. "I think with a year plus left, he's got the ability to be maybe one of the top three or four. It depends really on him and how it goes."
Paul added to his resume this week when he tied for medalist honors (11-under par) at the Wyoming Classic and led the Buffs to the team championship.
In his first year at CU, Paul became the sixth freshman in program history to lead the team in stroke average, recorded two of the top three freshman performances and set the school record with four straight under-par performances.
As a sophomore, he led the team again in stroke average while placing top 20 in all six of the team's fall tournaments with four top-10 finishes.
And after setting the school record for best stroke average at 70.65 during the fall of his junior year, Paul is on his way to an illustrious career not only at Colorado but in the pros.
"He's a very self-motivated guy," Edwards said. "He wants to be a great player, and he is highly competitive. He's probably the most confident player I've ever coached, and so he really believes in his abilities and it's really starting to show up in the consistency of his play. He's always been consistent, but I think he's really starting to get close to being one of the true elite players in the country."
When Paul first came over from Germany with his twin brother Yannik, who also played for CU before deciding to go pro, he knew that the competition would be harder but did not quite know what to expect.
"I would say the competition is tougher here just because there are just way more people here who are really good and can play golf really well," Paul said. "The competition out there is much stronger here, that's why also I wanted to go over here just to see where my golf is at and where I need to improve to make it one day."
Because golf can be more of a team sport in Germany at the club and national levels, Paul and his brother had no trouble adjusting to the team aspect of collegiate golf in the U.S. And whenever he stands back to watch his teammates on the tee, it helps him improve his own game as well.
But no matter what happens in the next year, Paul's future is already written.
"I'm for sure going to go pro. I've already decided that," he said. "I'm in the process of deciding if I want to do it here or if I want to go back. So that's going to be decided in the next couple months and in the summer after of what I want to do."
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