Nov. 15, 2013
HOUSTON - Four outstanding young golfers recently signed National Letters of Intent to join the University of Houston Men's Golf program, director of golf Jonathan Dismuke announced.
Ben Arnett (Dobie HS); Michael Perras (Deer Park HS, Deer Park, Texas); Alan De Bondt (Antwerp, Belgium) and Matt Williams (Bishop Carroll HS, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) will compete as freshmen for the 2014-15 season.
The award-winning, international-flavored group features two Houston-area players, one Belgian and a Canadian.
"I am excited to welcome these young men to the University of Houston," Dismuke said. "Each of these players bring special skills to our program and will be part of a solid foundation as we continue to build and develop our program.
Arnett committed to the Cougars during the summer before his junior season at Dobie High. Following that announcement, he went out and won two of his next three tournament. Arnett captured the AJGS's BilliardsFactory.com Junior Championship at The Woodlands Country Club and followed that with a win at the HP Byron Nelson Junior Tournament in Fort Worth, thanks to a final-round 65.
As a junior during the 2012-13 season, he earned medalist honors at the TJGT Tour Championship Invitational at Horseshoe Bay Resort, firing a 64 in the final round to force a playoff, which he eventually won.
Later that year, he qualified for the Class 5A state championship tournament with consecutive rounds of 71-72 under challenging weather conditions at Eagle Point Golf Course.
ALAN DE BONDT
De Bondt, who measures 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, is one of the top young players in Europe out of his native Antwerp, Belgium. This summer, he finished third at the Belgian International Amateur with back-to-back rounds in the 60s to start that event and followed that a month later with another third-place showing at the Total International Belgian Juniors.
Playing for coach Aubin van Waetermeulen, he won the Challenge Philip Chabeau as the No. 1 junior player in Belgium in 2012 and 2013. He also competed as a member of the Belgian National Teams.
In addition to finishing as runner-up in the King's Prize, De Bondt earned third-place finishes at the Belgian International Amateur Championship, the Total International Juniors Championship and the Hungarian Amateur Open.
Perras, whose last name is pronounced Pair-Us, joins the Cougars as a local prospect out of Deer Park High. During the summer, he posted a score of 2-under-par, thanks to a second-round 67, and tied for 12th at the National Junior PGA Tournament at Trump National in Washington D.C.
He went on to earn a pair of top-10 finishes at the TLJT Byron Nelson Junior Championship and the TLIT George Hannon Junior Invitational.
As a junior in 2012-13, he was named to the All-State First Team by High School Golf Scoreboard. He led Deer Park to its 11th consecutive district championship and a berth in the 5A state championship tournament with some clutch play.
In a one-hole playoff against Fort Bend Travis High, Perras birdied the 540-yard, par-5 17th hole at Eagle Pointe Golf Club to break the tie and send the Deer to the state tournament. He went on to finish in a tie for 11th at the 2013 UIL 5A state tournament.
Perras, who stands 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, was recognized as his team's Most Valuable Player in 2012 and 2013 and won the District 22-5A title as a sophomore in 2012.
Perras also has family ties with the Cougars. His grandfather Fred Marti competed at Houston from 1961 to 1963 and was a member of the 1962 NCAA national championship squad under legendary head coach Dave Williams.
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Williams hails from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and will be the fifth Canadian Cougar on the roster. He joins associate head coach Chris Hill, sophomore Blair Hamilton, redshirt freshman Emmett Oh and freshman Matt Scobie.
In 2013, he has been ranked as Canada's No. 1 ranked junior golfer by GolfWeek magazine and came in as the No. 2 Canadian by R&A World Amateur rankings.
In late October, he was named to Team Canada Development Squad for the second straight year. His summer season was highlighted by a runner-up finish at the CN Future Links Prairie Championship. Williams, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 180 pounds, also finished fourth at the CN Future Links Pacific also tied for ninth at the Callaway World Junior Championship in San Diego and this summer.