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The SFA Men’s golf team said farewell to four seniors Tuesday night at the athletic banquet. The banquet was held in the Student Center in the Grand Ballroom with SFA’s athletic director Robert Hill presenting multiple awards.
With four talented individuals leaving the golf team, head coach Trey Schroeder had his hands full with a busy offseason. Finding recruits to come play for a lower ranked division-one team is one of the hardest things to due.
During the offseason, Schroeder went above and beyond and acquired some of the most-top notch amateur standouts in the world including his first recruit ever out of the states.
Baxter Ward, New South Wales, Ausralia, is coming to SFA with an impressive amateur resume.
Ward comes to Nacogdoches from Australia where he has left a paper trail of success in his wake. Ward has won 13 tournaments during his amateur career, including the past four Armidale Junior Championship tournaments, and the Cowboys Tournament Championship in Dallas earlier this year.
In 2010 Ward tied for 33rd at the Australian Open National Ranking Tournament, and qualified for the QLD Men’s Strokeplay Championship. He also made the cut for the 2010 NSW Amateur and Gary Player Championships as well.
Joining Ward, Schroeder also signed Texas amateur standout Major Monzingo from Trophy Club, Texas.
Monzingo comes to SFA as one of the top golfers in the state of Texas. A former 4A regional champion and state runner-up, Monzingo has earned UIL and HSGS All-State honors. A five-time TJGT Champion, Monzingo is a Texas-Oklahoma Junior Champion, as well as the Club Champion at the Trophy Club Country Club.
The true definition of a student-athlete, Monzingo is also a standout in the classroom having been named to the UIL Academic All-District, All-Regional and All-State teams. He has also received HSGS Academic All-State honors twice during his career at Byron Nelson High School.
“We are very fortunate to be adding two talented young men to our program,” said head coach Trey Schroeder. “They are not only talented on the golf course but they are also quality young men. Major has proven himself over the past seasons, and has shown that he can win. He will have an immediate impact for our squad. Baxter brings quite a bit of international experience to our program, from Australia where he has won some big tournaments.”
The third standout Schroeder added to the roster for the 2012-2013 season is Brady Ellis from Mansfield, Texas. Not only a good student in the classroom Ellis brings a lot to the table for the Lumberjack team.
Ellis received all-district honors all four years of his high school career. With three TJGT wins under his belt and all-state honors in just his senior season alone, Ellis is coming in with all the momentum.
Ellis played in the UIL 5A state tournament the past two years posting a top 15 finish his junior year and topping that this year with a seventh place finish with scores of 71 74.
The three other signees for SFA this year are Bryce, Luke and Bradley. With six signees in one season Schroeder has gambled with money and scholarships counting on these six to make an immediate impact.
“I have sent out emails to all of them explaining what I am expecting of each and everyone one of them next year,” Schroeder said. “I expect all of them to compete over the summer and play in as many events as they can leading into the fall season.”
When the Lumberjacks return back to school in the fall, qualifying for tournaments will begin immediately. Schroeder will be looking for talent, composure and competitiveness. A player with those three aspects will make our traveling team for next year and we will come out on top.
The 2011-2012 golf season has come to an end for our Lumberjacks. This year the Lumberjacks recorded a numerous of top five finishes with a second place at the Jim West Intercollegiate being their top finish.
It was the first time in three years the Lumberjacks did not post a win in the regular season.
“Overall it wasn’t the way I wanted the season to go,”head coach Trey Schroeder said ”We started off really good and kind of went straight downhill heading into Christmas break. Once we got back we slowly started rising back up to the top but could not get it done in the conference championship.
In their last tournament of the year, The Southland Conference Championship, with only being 10 shots behind going into the final day of play, the winds proved to be to much for the Lumberjacks to make a move up the leader board.
The Lumberjacks ended up finishing in fourth place outright for the second consecutive year. Michael Smith and Mitchell McLeroy led the Lumberjacks in the tournament both finishing inside the top 15 and earning all conference honors.
“It was not the way I wanted to finish my college golf career,” senior Michael Smith said. “ But all in all I am glad its over and I am ready for what the future holds for me.”
The Southland Championship was Smith’s last collegiate tournament of his amateur career. Smith led the Lumberjacks into every tournament this year as the team captain. Being one of the two seniors on the team Smith helped the freshman and sophomores learn how to quickly adapt to the college lifestyle, not only in golf but in school as well.
“Michael was a great person and friend to all of us. He helped me over the course of the year with my golf swing and what classes to take over others,” freshman Blake Pugh said.
Once Smith graduates he plans on moving to Dallas, Texas, to try and take his golf game to the next level by turning pro and playing on a regular basis.
Smith‘s first tournament as a professional is set for May 10 in Dallas, Texas, where he will try and qualify for the Byron Nelson Championship which is held on the PGA Tour.
Smith was not the only senior leaving the Lumberjack golf team and embarking on a new journey after graduation.
Stetson McMillan is also choosing the same path as Smith. McMillan helped the Lumberjacks out in the four years he was here, placing second place individually three times in his career.
McMillan’s best finish of the year came out of the Jim West Intercollegiate where he fired rounds of 69,71,70 to finish fourth place outright. McMillan struggled in his final tournament of the year recording a three day total of 230 for a tie in 21st place.
“I was not pleased with how I played in the Southland Championship. It was a struggle the final day knowing it was the last time I was going to be playing team golf. It has been an amazing four years here and I am ready for this summer,” McMillan said.
McMillan has already turned pro since The Southland Conference Championship, and is set to make his pro debut this week in Houston, Texas. McMillan has recently signed a contract with Adams Golf equipment to help him out with free clubs and clothing for the first three years of his professional career.
“I wish them both nothing but the best. It was an honor to coach and get to know both of these great young men. I know that they will both succeed at the next level and will make SFA proud,” Schroeder said.
McMillan and Smith are set to graduate next Saturday and will play in the Byron Nelson Qualifier together one last time on May 10.
That time is here where seasons are coming to an end and it’s crunch time to see who will advance into post season play. In most collegiate sports, the opportunity to move into the playoffs, or post season play relies on the team itself. But in collegiate golf, each player of any team has a chance of moving on individually depending on their performance during the year.
SFA’s mens golf team junior Mitchell McLeroy is faced with that opportunity this season. McLeroy started his fall season out steady and has turned it on this spring. He put himself in a great position for a chance to move onto regional’s individually. In his four tournaments this spring, McLeroy has had a tie for 18, ninth, and then two back to back runner- up finishes placing him in fifth place in individual conference rankings.
It has been over a decade that SFA has had a golfer qualify for regionals individually and Coach Trey Schroeder feels as if that streak will soon come to an end.
“Mitchell has played very well this season and deserves to move on to regionals and probably will. We have three tournaments left in the spring including conference and we feel he is playing well enough to win them all, he just needs to continue his good play and let the rest take care of itself,” Schroeder said.
The SFA men’s golf team as a whole has not has to good of a spring season, putting them in a position where they will have to win the conference championship in order to move onto regionals.
“ We haven’t had that good of a season, but that doesn’t mean we are done, we have just as good as chance winning the conference tournament as anyone. The course is very tough and will be very windy which will suit us well, we just need to get the other guys on the team playing well so they can back up Mitchell’s good play,” Schroeder said.
McLeroy, a Junior from Mansfield, Texas, is excited about the opportunity he is in and is fired up for the Southland Conference tournament in late April.
“ It’s been a good season, I have played well but have just let a couple of tournaments slip away from me at the end. Qualifying for regionals would be an awesome experience, I hope our team can win conference and move on that way but I just have to keep to doing what I have been doing and see what happens,” McLeroy said.
McLeroy had the lead of a couple of tournaments in his college career with only a few holes to go, one of which was last year’s conference championship at Waterchase golf club in Arlington, Texas. McLeroy led the tournament for most of the way and had a two shot lead with three holes to play, but struggled finishing to lose by a couple of shots leaving him with a terrible taste in his mouth and a want for revenge this year.
“I played real well the whole tournament it was just a rough finish and tough to deal with, but I just want to put myself back in that same position this year and hopefully I can come through with a win this year,” McLeroy said.
The Jacks have two more tournaments until conference in late April in McKinney, Texas, giving McLeroy plenty of time to possibly get a win or to continue his good play putting himself that much closer to what has not been done by an SFA golfer in a long time and move onto regionals.