Mayer Adds Sacheck to List of Impressive Hoosier Recruits
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Having already snatched one of the top standouts in all of England, Indiana head coach Mike Mayer added some in-state flavor Friday, announcing the signing of Tad Sacheck to the Hoosier men's golf program.
Sacheck, a Zionsville, Ind., native, was a member of the 2002 Zionsville High Indiana High School Athletic Association State Champion squad. He has recorded two top-20 American Junior Golf Association finishes, including a 15th place at the 2002 AJGA Pete Dye Junior Classic in West Virginia, and an 18th-place finish at the 2001 AJGA Indiana Classic.
"Tad will bring a wealth of national experience with him to Indiana University this fall," said Mayer. "He has a great golf swing and incredible club head speed, which enables him to hit the golf ball a tremendous distance. I feel Tad has the ability to be an outstanding collegiate golfer and we our please that he has decided to join the Hoosier family. He brings a lot to the table both athletically and academically."
In his senior year at Zionsville, Sacheck won the 2003 Brownsburg Invitational with a score of 67. He was the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Individual Champion in 2001, and went on to place third at the IHSAA Regional that same year. Just one year prior, Sacheck won individual medalist honors at the 2000 IHSAA Regional.
In addition to his high school accolades, Sacheck also earned laurels during summer play as well. He was first at the 2001 Indiana Golf Association State Amateur qualifier, as well as the 2000 Indiana PGA Junior Section Champion.
Sacheck also ventured away from the AJGA circuit on the national level, placing second at the 2002 Future Collegiate World Tour (FCWT) Midwest Junior Classic. In 2001, he captured fifth place at the FCWT Irish Junior Shootout, and 11th place at the Mid Pines Junior Invitational
Since Mayer took over the men's program in the fall of 1998, he has brought a wealth of talent to the Hoosier squad. As he continues his coaching career, he is looking to elevate the Indiana golf program to the highest level and has put a strong emphasis on recruiting in an effort to bring the best players to IU.
In his past two seasons, Mayer has brought in an impressive clan of newcomers. In fact, five of the seven prospects over that span have logged many rounds in the starting five. Mayer's 2001-02 freshman class of Rob Ockenfuss, Jeff Overton and Heath Peters, was ranked eighth best in the nation by Golfstat. Overton's average of 74.45 in his rookie year was the lowest freshman average in school history, and Peters was not too far behind at 74.89.
This past year, Brad Marek and Scott Seibert finished their freshman campaigns with impressive scoring averages of 74.09 and 75.48, respectively, however Seibert saw 20 rounds more than his classmate.
Mayer's recruiting ability was again applauded last fall, as the Hoosier coach announced the signing of Englishman David Butwell. A native of Southampton, Butwell, who cards a low round of 64, is a premier prospect from the English junior ranks and has a resume full of credentials. He was recently selected to represent England in International competition, which is a top honor for English schoolboys. In fact, at the time of his signing in November 2002, his last 104 events had been recorded at a 69.9 stroke average.
"I feel that once again we have raised the bar as far as recruiting goes," Mayer said. "This could be our best recruiting class ever, which really says a lot for this program and the direction that we are moving in. Our success this year will have a lot to do with David and Tad. My goal from the start was to rebuild our program into the national contenders that we once were and will soon be again."
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