MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University golf coach Sean Covich announced Monday that Philipp Matlari, a native of Leimen, Germany, will transfer to WVU and join the Mountaineers this fall.
Matlari spent his first season at Columbus State University, where he was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference Second Team after posting a tournament scoring average of 73.8. He notched a trio of top-10 finishes as a rookie, taking ninth at the TVA Credit Union Invitational (72-72-74) and tying for 10th at the Peach Belt Conference Championships (71-70-79) and UNG Fall Invitational (69-66-76). He added a pair of top-25 finishes at the Cougar Invitational presented by Aflac (19th) and the Saint Leo Invitational (22nd).
Under the tutelage of former WVU golfer Ted Long, Matlari played with Golf Club Mennheim-Viernheim in Mannheim, Germany, and attended Englisches Institut Heidelberg. He was a five-time participant in the British Boys’ Championship and won the 2016 South East of England Links Championship (71-68-73-68). Matlari was ninth at the 2016 Evolve Spanish Junior Championship (76-70) and finished in the top-15 at the 2014 Luxembourg International Amateur (13th) and the 2016 Belgian Amateur (14th) in addition to taking 34th at the 2016 German International Amateur Championship. Most recently, Matlari qualified for the 2017 British Amateur Championship to be played June 19-24 at Royal St. George’s.
“Philipp brings a lot of experience to our program,” Covich said. “He is a great student and will be an instant leader for us in the classroom and on the golf course. He has learned the game from longtime coach and mentor Ted Long, a former Mountaineer. Philipp had a very solid freshman season at CSU and I believe, with our schedule and the competition our roster next season, he will only continue to improve.”
Matlari is the son of Tomas and Martina, both of whom were professional tennis players. His brother, Alexander, played collegiate golf at Duke.