May 21, 2015
by Charles Cochrum
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University head men's golf coach Justin Emil announced the addition of transfer Jay Burlison (Salinas, Calif./Cal) on Thursday. Burlison completed his redshirt freshman season at Cal in 2014-15 and has three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning this fall.
Burlison is the third member of the Owls' fall 2015 class as he joins incoming freshmen Grant Rogers (Boulder, Colo./Boulder High School) and Will Voetsch (New Vernon, N.J./Delbarton School).
Emil said, "I can't wait for Jay to join us in the fall. After getting to know him during this whole process, it was clear to me that he can come in and be a positive influence on our program on and off the golf course. With the addition of Jay, Grant, and Will, along with a hungry group returning for 2015-16, it's going to be an exciting season for the Owls."
Burlison redshirted in his first season at Cal as the team claimed 11th place at the 2014 NCAA Championship. He did not see any tournament action in the 2014-15 season with the Bears, who claimed seventh place at the 2015 NCAA Lubbock Regional. While at Cal, he competed in the 2015 Saguaro Amateur tournament in January 2015, claiming 25th place with an even-par 216.
Burlison graduated from Palma High School in 2013 as a two-time HP Scholastic All-Amercian. He was the 2012 Mission Trail Athletic League Most Valuable Player. As a freshman at Stevenson High School, he earned Tri-County MVP honors and was the medalist for the Central Coast Section championship squad.
He has also been successful in a number of amateur competitions with six top-10 finishes in AJGA play, including second place at the 2011 Southern Junior. Three years earlier, he became the youngest player to win an open AJGA event when he claimed the Mayakoba Junior Golf Classic at age 14. He also won the Callaway Junior World Championships and the U.S. Kids World Championship at Pinehurst.
The son of Robert and Joan Burlison, Jay has two younger brothers, Jack and Joseph, and an older sister, Sydney, who became the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Open when she did so at age 13 in 2003. She went on to play golf collegiately at Stanford.