Falko Hanisch, Ty Sullivan and Felix van Kleef will all become Rebels
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s golf program has received signed commitments from Falko Hanisch, Ty Sullivan and Felix van Kleef to join the Rebel golf program, head coach Dwaine Knight announced Monday.
“Our recruiting has been more worldwide as of late and we are bringing in kids that have won all over the globe,” Knight said. “They are highly ranked in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, which is terrific because that means they have a lot of experience and they are gaining recognition internationally. Getting the best players, not only in the United States but also around the world, is key to competing for national titles.”
Hanisch is from Berlin, Germany, and attends Sports School of the Olympic Park – Poelchau School, which is the same school that current UNLV freshman David Rauch attended. Hanisch was recently named his school’s Student of the Year. He was the 2016 British Boys winner and in 2017 was runner-up. He also placed first at the 2017 European Boys Team Championship and was the 2017 International German Boys winner. His team earned the silver medal at the 2016 European Boys Team Championship and he was a member of that year’s European Junior Ryder Cup Team.
Hanisch was also a member of the winning Continental Team at the Jacques Leglise Trophy in 2016 and 2017 and this year was a member of the German Men’s National Team that finished fourth at the European Team Championship.
Sullivan is from Toronto, Canada, but attends Heritage Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He won the individual title at the 2018 International Junior Golf Tour’s Lowcountry Shootout at Parris Island, making a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by one shot. He was also tied for the lead going into the final hole at this year’s IJGT’s Palmetto Classic where he made par to win by a shot.
Sullivan is also a member of the National Society for High School Scholars.
van Kleef is from Söcking, Germany, and also attends Heritage Academy. Prior to moving to the United States in 2017, he was a member of the German Junior National Team and ranked as high as No. 5 in the country in 2016. He won the 2016 Austrian Junior Golf Tour and the 2018 Greg Norman Championship Golf Academy Open.
van Kleef also made the cut at the PGA Tour’s 2018 Wyndham Championship Pre-Qualifier with a score of 70 in a field of 150. He was the second-lowest of three amateurs to qualify. Additionally, he won the 2018 SCJGA 24th Annual Fall Challenge.