MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 11, 2015) – West Virginia University golf coach Sean Covich announced Wednesday that Ty Olinger (Blacksburg, Va.,/North Cross HS) and Etienne Papineau (St-Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec/Champlain St-Lawrence) have committed to joining the Mountaineers starting in the fall of 2016.
“We are really excited to be adding these two young men to our program,” said Covich, who is currently guiding the Mountaineers through their first varsity season in over 30 years. “This will be our third recruiting class and we are in a great spot. Luckily we have balance on our roster with each class and are able to bring in two strong players for next year trying to replace our seniors, Easton Renwick and Mason Short.”
Olinger, who hails from Blacksburg, Virginia, currently competes for Richard Cook at North Cross School. He ranks as the No. 2 senior and the No. 4 player in the state of Virginia, ranking No. 155 nationally for the class of 2016. Olinger earned VISAA First Team All-State accolades from 2012-15 and was the Roanoke Metro Player of the Year in 2014. He has earned mention on the All-Metro Team on five occasions. Olinger finished as the runner-up at the VISAA State Tournament in 2013 and 2014 and was the VISAA State Tournament runner-up in 2015. He boasts a pair of titles at the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Junior Championship and boasts top-20 finishes at the 2012 Scott Robertson Memorial (6th), 2013 Virginia Junior Stroke Play Championship (8th), 2015 AJGA Junior at Owensboro (9th), 2014 Virginia Junior Stroke Play Championship (10th), 2015 AJGA Philadelphia Junior (13th), 63rd Virginia Junior Stroke Play Championship (14th) and the 25th Virginia Junior Match Play Championship (20th).
“I look forward to getting Ty around our guys and having him compete,” said Covich. “He’s a talented player who’s continued to improve the past few years. I’m excited about his potential.”
The son of Danny and April Olinger, Olinger intends to major in business management. He chose West Virginia over Elon, Radford and Seton Hall.
Papineau, a native of St-Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec, Canada; plays for Champlain St-Lawrence. He played in three National Collegiate Championships, posting a scoring average of 70.5. Papineau won the title at the 2015 event, scoring 10 under par for the win and also earned medalist honors at the conference championship. He earned All-Canadian honors in 2015 and was named to the all-star team in 2014 and 2015. Papineau helped the Lions to the runner-up spot at the conference championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was a member of the squad that set an all-time low round score of 284. In addition, Papineau was the winner of the 2014 Quebec Junior Provincial Match Play tournament an also won the 2014 Quebec Junior Boys Championship. He finished in the top 10 of the 2014 Graham Cooke Jr. Invitational, the 2014 Quebec Men’s Provincial Championship and the 2014 Vertdure Junior Spring Open.
“Etienne brings with him a ton of international tournament experience,” said Covich. “He’s played on the Canadian National Team and competed in some of the top junior and amateur events around the world. The competitive mindset that he brings will greatly benefit our program.”
The son of Luc and Francine Papineau, he will major in sports management at WVU after selecting West Virginia over Washington State and Charlotte.
WVU recently wrapped up its first fall season since 1982. The Mountaineers will hit the links once again February 15 when they travel to Houston for the President’s Day Challenge.
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