Dylan Menante, a two-time All-America and West Coast Conference player of the year who helped Pepperdine win the 2021 NCAA men’s golf title, is transferring to the University of North Carolina.
Menante (pronounced muh-NETTY) played three seasons for the Wave and is second all-time in shot average to Pepperdine (70.98). Next month, Menante will play for Team USA for the second straight year in the prestigious Arnold Palmer Cup (July 1-3 in Geneva, Switzerland).
“I chose UNC because the school and coaches provide a critical balance of golf, growth as a person, academics, and top-notch peers to surround my game,” Menante says. “I look forward to joining the Tar Heel program, but also appreciate the support the Pepperdine community has given me over the past three years.”
He was named WCC Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2021 and again in 2022. As a junior, he led a team that included three All-Americas in scoring (71.20) and won tournaments back-to-back Valspar Collegiate Invitational and Western Intercollegiate. He shot 64-65 through the first two rounds at Valspar and won with a 199 14 under par total. Two weeks later, his final round 67 clinched the title at 1-under 209 at the Western, where he was the only player on the court to shoot under par.
Menante is No. 15 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (No. 9 among US Amateurs). He was also an All-WCC and PING All-West Region selection in each of the past two seasons, a two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete, and a 2021 WCC All-Academic and GCAA All-American Scholar honoree.
“All of us at Carolina Golf are thrilled that Dylan has chosen to be a Tar Heel and join our family,” the head coach said. Andrew DiBitetto. “He’s a winner, an All-American, a national champion and above all, an incredible young man. He’s one of the best amateurs in the world and he immediately makes an already strong team even better.” Clarkie (assistant coach Matt Clark), all of our guys and I look forward to interacting, competing and working with Dylan. We are also looking forward to helping him improve on and off the course.”
Tied for 17e in stroke play in the 2021 NCAA Championship and went 1-1-1 in match play as the wave won its second NCAA title.
He led the wave by scoring in 2021 and 2022; his sophomore average of 70.74 is fifth all-time at Pepperdine. That season he hit a career low 62, followed by rounds of 65-69 for a 14-under 196 and finished second in the playoffs at the Pasadera Collegiate Invitational. It was one of three college tournaments in which he shot 14 under par.
In 33 tournaments over three seasons, he posted two wins, four seconds, 13 top 10s and 21 top 20s.
Born in Reno, Nevada, he attended Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, California. He played in three American amateurs and won the 2021 Northeast Amateur.
Menante provided a crucial wave point in their 3-2 quarterfinal win over Carolina in the 2022 NCAA Championship earlier this month in Scottsdale, Arizona. Trailing by one hole, Menante tied the game with a birdie on the 18th and then gave the wave their first point by winning their match on the first extra hole.
The Tar Heels return four starters (ryan burnet, David Ford, stone fountain and Austin Oiler) of a team that won three tournaments, finished first in stroke play at the ACC Championship, tied for first in stroke play at the 2022 NCAA Championship, and qualified for match play in the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season.
Burnett, Ford and Greaser all joined Menante as honorable mention All-Americas this season (Fountain was a first-team All-America in 2021).