Hoosiers Announce Signing of European Standout
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's golf head coach Mike Mayer officially announced Tuesday that European junior standout David Butwell has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend Indiana University in the fall of 2003.
A native of Southampton, England, Butwell 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 his last 104 events, Butwell has carded a 69.9 stroke average.
"We are extremely happy to have David as a part of our family," said Mayer. "We feel that he will bring a lot to the program both athletically and academically. He has a tremendous amount of tournament experience and is coming to an environment and climate that will be conducive in making him a stronger golfer."
Butwell, a student at Barton Peveril, notes that his interest and attraction to Indiana began when he decided to study business. The young Englishman states that the Kelley School of Business was very appealing academically, while the IU athletics' website and the men's golf practice facility drew his attention to IU from the athletics standpoint.
"I'm really excited about coming to Indiana University and look forward to contributing to the future of this golf team," Butwell said. "The new practice facility is fantastic. It's simply awesome and I can't wait to practice on it. I also look forward to working hard on my studies and hopefully pursue a degree in business. I am just absolutely thrilled right now."
Mayer speaks very highly of the 6-1, 175-pound recruit's optimism as well.
"David is such an intelligent kid. He is a great young man with impeccable credentials," Mayer said. "He understands the importance of playing competitive golf and his schedule this summer will only help his game raise to the next level."
Butwell placed ninth in the 2002 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters event, and carded a 28th-place finish in the McEvoy - both prestigious English tournaments. He also advanced to the second round of the British Boys Championship in 2001.
Among other accomplishments, Butwell won the South of England Boys Championship and was the Hampshire Boys' captain. He was also unbeaten in four matches while a part of the Hampshire men's team which won the South of England Men's Championship. Butwell carded a 70.82 stroke average en route to winning the Hampshire Under 18's Scratch Tour.
He was honored with the 2002 Hampshire Schools' player of the year award. He also received the Vardon Trophy as the Hampshire Boys golfer of the year award that same year.
The reigning three-year club champion of the Romsey Golf Club, Butwell owns the course record with a 64 at Romsey as well.
"David is the whole package," Mayer said. "We could not be more happy right now having David a part of our Hoosier family."
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