Josh Hill, who beat Brooks Koepka at 15, signs with Tennessee

Tennessee men’s golf head coach Brennan Webb announced the signing of Josh Hill on Monday.

“We are extremely excited to add one of the best young players in the world to our 2022 recruiting class,” Webb said in a UT press release. “Josh has demonstrated the ability to compete with the best in the world at the junior, amateur and professional levels all before his 18th birthday.

“His wealth of experience competing around the world will be a tremendous asset as he begins his career at the University of Tennessee this fall.”

At 15 years old, Hill beat Brooks Koepka in a practice match.

UT press release:

A native of Dubai, Hill is currently ranked the No. 68 amateur golfer in the world by World Amateur Golf Ranking. He is the third-highest ranked player under 18 years old.

Though just 17 years old, Hill already boasts a full resume. As a 15-year-old in October 2019, Hill became the youngest player to ever win a professional golf tournament that awards Official World Golf Ranking points—claiming the title at the Al Ain Open on the MENA Tour.

A few months later prior to the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Hill defeated four-time Major champion Brooks Koepka in a nine-hole practice round.

Earlier this year in January, Hill continued to bolster his amateur resume by making the cut in back-to-back weeks on the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic.

Hill’s other amateur highlights include a fourth-place finish at the 2021 St. Andrews Links Trophy—where he finished just one stroke shy of a playoff—and advancing to the round of 32 at the 126th British Amateur Championship last June.

Hill joins a 2022 class for Tennessee that already includes Caleb Surratt, Bruce Murphy and Evan Woosley-Reed. Prior to the addition of Hill, Tennessee’s 2022 class was ranked No. 5 in the nation by Golf Channel.