Men’s Golf announces new class

WILMINGTON, NC – UNCW Chief Golf Coach Daniel Bowden announced the additions Rune Bokeid (Oslo, Norway), Darren Edwards (Fort Lewis College) Sam Hogan (Cork, Ireland) and Woramett Bodhidatta (Dodge City CC) into the program for the 2022-23 season.

“As I begin my sixth season as head coach, I would like to thank our staff and administration for allowing us to assemble our largest and deepest class during my tenure at UNCW,” Bowden said. “I believe we have assembled a group of great experience and tremendous skills that will lead us to continued success both on the conference and the national stage for years to come. I want to thank these new Seahawks and their families for their trust in me and our staff as we welcome them into the Seahawk Golf family. The future here in Wilmington is bright!”

Bøkeid, from Oslo, Norway, comes to UNCW as one of the highest-ranked amateur golfers in program history. Rune has already been ranked 335th in the official World Golf Amateur Rankings. From August 2021 to February 2022, Bøkeid achieved three tournament wins, two second places and one third place in multi-day events in his home country. During this stretch, Bøkeid underperformed 10 of his 15 laps, including six laps in the 60s. Bøkeid has four tournament wins to his credit, most recently at the 2022 Srixon Nordic Winter Open, where he finished nine-under 6 over four rounds after opening the tournament with a six-under 66. In 2021, Bøkeid won the Srixon Tour U-19 events at Vestfold GK and Bjaavann GK. His career-lowest round of 64, eight under par, came at Gamle Frederikstad Golf Club in Frederikstad, Norway.

Edwards is an accomplished graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He finished the season 55th in the Division II national rankings with an adjusted point average of 72.44. Skyhawks captain Edwards finished his career with a 15th place finish in the NCAA Division II South Central/West Regional at Pueblo Country Club in Pueblo, Colorado. It was Edwards’ second straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals. Edwards was named a first-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for a second time during his senior season and was named the league’s Academic Player of the Year. Edwards won the 2021 Navajo Trail Open against a strong field of pros by shooting rounds of 66, 69 and 65.

Hogan comes to the program after finishing sixth in the Irish national rankings. Hogan won the 2021 Kerry Boys Championship WAGR rankings which included three match-play wins at Ballybunion Golf Club in Kerry. He ended the year in the top 20 of the Irish Order of Merit. He also finished fifth in the Munster Boys Championship and 11th in the Connacht Championship.

Bodhidatta joins the Seahawks after two seasons at Dodge City Community College, which finished the season 11th overall in the NJCAA Division I. That spring, he helped the Conquistadors at the National Junior College Athletic Association Finals in Odessa, Texas and achieved a top-100 individual ranking. In his two seasons at Dodge City, the program competed in the NJCAA National Championship tournament. Bodhidatta posted a career-low tournament result, five under par, with 69-73-69=211 and finished sixth at the Southwest Christian Invitational in his second season opener at Lake Hefner Golf Club in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The group of Bodhidatta, Hogan, Edwards and Bøkeid join them Gray Mitchumwho signed with UNCW in Fall 2021 as members of UNCW’s incoming class for 2022-23.

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