NEW YORK—Columbia Men’s Golf Coach Rich Mueller officially announced the 2022 recruiting class of the program as the Lions will welcome golfers Darren Pang and George Rubelsky to the 2022-23 team.
“George and Darren bring a wealth of experience and success from the junior and amateur ranks to our program,” said Mueller. “I’m incredibly excited to have them join our already talented group of returnees.”
Since taking over the men’s program in 2005, Mueller has led Columbia men’s golf to four Ivy League team championships, three Ivy League individual championships, five postseason NCAA appearances and 27 All-Ivy League individual golf achievements.
Pang and Rubelsky join six returning golf lettermen from Columbia in 2022-23. Among those returning to the team are DJ Francey, Nathan Han, Pat Healy, Alvin Kwak, Wyatt McGovernand William Sung.
2022 MEN’S GOLF SIGNED
|Darren Pang||6-0||Mipitas, California/Dougherty Valley HS|
|George Rubelsky||6-0||Phoenix, Arizona/Brophy College Prep|
6-0 | Milpitas, California/Dougherty Valley HS
A graduate of Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, California in June 2021…named a 2020 Scholastic Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association…Best score was a six-under-par-65 shot at the AJGA UHY Detroit Junior at Forest Lake … Ranked 10th on the Junior Golf Scoreboard for the California Class of 2021 … Won the Amateurgolf.com 2019 Winter Invitational with a one-under-par 67-70-137 … Second place at the 2020 AJGA UHY Detroit Junior at Forest Lake with a 3- under par 73-72-65-210…Finished 8th place at the 2020 AJGA Junior in Sunriver with a 2-under par 69-73-69-211…Registered 4th place finish in the 2020 AJGA Senior Showcase at three over par 76-71-147…tie for 35th Place at the 2020 AJGA Rolex with three over par 69-74-72-74…tie for 10th Place at the 2020 Amateurgolf.com Winter Invitational with a two-under par 70-72-142 … Placed in last 16 of the 2020 San Francisco City Championship … Tie for 20th Place at the 2021 Golden State Tour Napa Open with three over par 73-73-73-219…tie for 11th Finished at the 2022 Nipomo Amateur with 4-over-par 73-73-146… Won the Amateurgolf.com 2022 Pacific Grove City Championship with 4-under-par 67-69-136… 2021 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Born Darren Sheng Pang on May 10, 2003 in Worcester, Mass. … Son of Raymond and Helen Pang of Milpitas, California … Has an older brother Nelson and older sister Vivian … Father attended Fudan University and mother attended Shanghai University … Served as a golf coach for junior golf camps … Hobbies and interests include Exercising, watching TV, playing video games, and coaching Junior Clinics… Favorite food is sushi… Fell in love with Columbia University since he attended campus as a young child… I chose Columbia because it’s a unique school… Also, the Lions chose because the competitive yet friendly atmosphere this coach Rich Mueller and the players on the men’s golf team have created… Says it’s exactly the environment he wants to be in while pursuing his dreams of playing professionally and receiving one of the best educations in the world… Chose Columbia over offers from Cal Poly, Carnegie Mellon, Pomona, Rice and other Ivy League schools… Enrolled in Columbia College… Tie for a major.
6-0 | Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep
A graduate of Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Arizona in June 2022, where he played four years of varsity golf for head coach Jon Shores…named a 2021 Arizona State Golf Medalist…won the 2020 JGAA Maricopa Junior Championship at AK-Chin Southern Dunes with 75-66-141 and placed fifth in the JGAA Scottsdale Junior Championship at TPC Scottsdale Golf Courses… Three JGAA runners-up titles from 2020-2021… 19 top 10 finishes in JGAA golf from 2019-2022… Recorded best tournament result by 70-68-138 and finished runner-up at the JGAA Thunderbird Junior Classic at Talking Stick Golf Course… Fourth place at the Arizona State Junior Golf Championship at TPC Scottsdale Champions Golf Course… Second place at the 2021 JGAA Summer Classic at Kierland Golf Club… Ninth place at the 2021 JGAA Willie Low Invitational Jr. Masters at Phoenix Country Club… Eighth place at the JGAA IMG Junior World Qualifier at Whirlwind Golf Club… Fifth place at the JGAA Br yce Molder Invi tational Jr. Masters in both 2021 and 2022 at McDowell Mountain Golf Club… Ninth place finisher in the JGAA Desert Mashie Championship at Encanto Golf Course… Selected to be a member of the 2021 Arizona Eddie Hogan Cup Team… Am Brophy College Prep made the 2021 Arizona Second Team All-State named … finished sixth in the Arizona High School State Golf Championship as a senior … led Brophy to the 2018 Arizona State High School Championship as a freshman and was a 2019 Arizona State High School runner-up. 2020 and 2021 … served as team captain in 2021 and 2022 … was a member of the National Honor Society … member of the student council … received the Christian Service Award in 2019 … completed over 300 hours of volunteer service since middle school … received a scholarship to attend Brophy College Prepares volunteered before high school… Also volunteers with charities like St. Mary’s Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Welcome to America Project.
Born George Rubelsky on May 15, 2004 in Scottsdale, Arizona… Son of George and Alcy Rubelsky… Has a younger sister Grace who attends and plays golf for Xavier College Prep… Father attended Air Force Academy and Arizona State University and Mother attended the University of Northern Colorado… Mother’s family lives in Hawaii. Dad played baseball for the Air Force Academy… Uncle played football in Connecticut… A role model is set by his parents for their work ethic and dedication to their family… Nickname is “G3” because he’s the third George in his family. He played a variety of sports from kindergarten through eighth grade, including flag football, tackle football, basketball, swimming, and baseball…His hobbies include sports, playing basketball, pickleball, Fishing and coaching aspiring junior golfers… Selected Columbia as Head Coach Rich Mueller gave him the opportunity to receive a top-notch education and play NCAA Division I golf… He chose Columbia over offers from Loyola Marymount, Cal Poly, Grand Canyon, SMCC, Northern Colorado, Colorado Mesa, Santa Clara, Wyoming, Colorado State, Colorado, Gonzaga, UCF, Wisconsin, TCU, and Georgetown…enrolled at Columbia College…plans to major in business/finance.