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Schownir adds four golfers to next year’s roster

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington University women’s golf coach Pete Schownir has bolstered next year’s roster with the recent signing of four new recruits for 2016-2017.

Fort Wayne native Betsy Schroeder has opted to keep her talent local. The Homestead High School standout is excited to join the HU community.

“I chose Huntington because it is a small, close-knit community and every time I stepped on campus everyone was so welcoming. I like the Christian atmosphere and how I can strengthen my faith everyday while earning a higher education degree. Huntington also provided me with the opportunity to continuing golfing on a competitive level.”

Schroeder comes to Huntington with well-documented success. As a junior, she was voted her team’s MVP and earned Second Team All-Conference honors in addition to finishing fourth at sectionals. She added to her awards this past season by being named the Spartans’ mental attitude award recipient. She was also selected to the All-Area Team and shot an 80 at sectionals to finish third overall.

“I am very happy Betsy will continue her golf career at Huntington University,” said Schownir. “She has a solid game and has had good instruction from her high school coach and swing instructor. I look forward to her next four years.”

Schownir signed another Hoosier in Leah Thompson of Avon High School. Thompson will bring good experience to the young program. The three-time All-County honoree is a four-year starter for the Orioles during which she earned her team’s MVP award twice and was named All-Conference last year.

Thompson’s contributions to the program will be evident right away according to Schownir. “Leah has a lot of competitive tournament experience outside of high school and that will serve her well in college. She will make an immediate impact on our program.”

“With each of my visits to Huntington University, I have been impressed by how friendly, and caring everyone has been while I was there,” said Thompson. “The campus atmosphere was very positive and uplifting. I am excited to get an education and continue my golf career at a Christian centered school that has a great student body and staff.”

Benjamin Logan High School standout Morgan Fultz has also signed on the dotted line to become a Forester this fall. 

“Morgan is an exciting player to add to our program,” noted Schownir. “I like her competitive spirit and the fact she has improved every year in high school with some record-breaking numbers her senior year. I look forward to seeing how the Lord will guide her the next four years at HU!”

The Bellefontaine (Ohio) native is a four-year letter winner who has been named All-Conference and All-County each year but has certainly saved her best for last. This past season she established new school records for nine holes (35) and 18 holes (78) and repeated as a state district qualifier. 

Fultz looks forward to becoming a Forester. “I chose Huntington University because I felt like I was at home on my visit. Through Huntington's philosophy I have realized what is truly important and that is doing what God has called you to do and for me God has called me to attend Huntington University and I'm truly blessed that I'll be able to play golf while spreading God's word.”

Rachel Blauert hails from Nebraska and is ready to settle in at HU. “I chose Huntington University because it felt like home the minute I stepped on campus, which is saying something since I live so far away.

“The encouraging professors, friendly people, extraordinary broadcasting and digital media program, and amazing women's golf program and coaches are all on this small, beautiful campus! I can't wait to play golf and study broadcasting at Huntington University next year!”

As a junior, the Sidney High School product placed 15th individually in the Nebraska Girls Class B State High School Championship and this past fall placed fifth to help guide her team to a third place finish.

Blauert is a two-time conference medalist and First Team All-State honoree. She has also earned Athlete of the Week honors on five different occasions and was named to the Super-State/All-State Golf Team this past season.

“I am so pleased that the Lord has led Rachel from Nebraska to Huntington University,” said Schownir. “She will have great opportunities to develop her passion for broadcast media, plus her high school and junior golf tournament experiences have prepared her well for a successful college golf career.”

To see pictures of each signing on HU's Facebook page, click here

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.