The men’s golf team ended the season last year with a ninth place finish at the Regional Tournament at Champions Pointe Golf Course in Henryville, Indiana. They want more this year and are ready make an appearance at State this year.
Of the 15 players on the team this year, six are seniors and five of those are returning from last year. Senior Spencer Fairbanks is excited to have his last chance at making it to the state finals this year. Fairbanks made an appearance at the State tournament his sophomore year as an individual.
“I feel good coming into my senior season,” Fairbanks said. “I feel this could be the year our team makes a run at State again.”
The seniors on the team this year remember being freshmen and being part of the IHSAA State Championship team in 2014. This was some of the seniors’ favorite memory.
“My favorite memory is probably when I was on the team in 2014 that won the state championship, that was a cool experience,” senior Zachary Schiavello said.
The Bull Dogs gained senior Walker Thomas this season. Thomas is excited to play for the team and has experience golfing.
“It’s new for me and I’m always excited to do new things. I have been golfing for six years,” Thomas said.
The Bull Dogs have their first invitational at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour this Saturday. Schiavello is confident going into his first invitational.
“I’ve been hitting it well lately and playing well so hopefully I can carry that over into tournament play,” Schiavello said.
A few of the Bull Dogs will continue their golf career in college. Senior Bryce Turner will continue his golf career at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fairbanks has decided on Butler University where he will try and walk-on the golf team. Senior Matt Vorndran (who currently attends Columbus Signature Academy) will be attending IUPUI where he will try out for the golf team. Schiavello and Thomas do not plan to play competitively in college, but will continue to play in their free time.
They have all set team and individual goals to help make their season successful.
“I’d like to definitely win a few invites and I’d like to be the number one player on the team again as well as reach it to the state finals,” Turner said.