Nov. 18, 2016
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin head golf coach Trey Schroeder announced four additions to the SFA golf program during the early signing period, two to each program. The Lumberjacks have signed Max Kettler and Andy Lopez with Alexis Szewczyk and Kelly Yang joining the Ladyjack golf program.
All four signees come from tradition-rich golf programs in the Dallas and Houston areas, major golfing hotbeds in the state of Texas. Kettler (Southlake Carroll), Lopez (Plano West) and Szewczyk (McKinney Boyd) represent the DFW area with Yang (Fort Bend Clements) coming to Nacogdoches from the Houston area.
Each of the early signees will join the SFA golf program in the fall of 2017 and will add valuable tournament experience to a pair of solid teams. Both men's and women's programs had strong showings in the fall season, finishing in the top-10 in each tournament, highlighted by the Lumberjacks' second-place showing at the Duck Commander Intercollegiate. The Ladyjacks had five top-10 finishes, finishing third at both the ORU Bob Hurley Shootout and the UIW Lady Cardinal Classic.
Both teams have completed their fall schedules and will resume the 2016-17 season in the spring, beginning with the Lumberjacks competing in the Wyoming Desert Classic in Palm Desert, California February 17th through 19th. The Ladyjacks resume play in March, playing in the UT-Rio Grande Valley Invitational March 6th and 7th.
2016 SFA Golf Early Signee Bios
Southlake, Texas (Carroll H.S.)
Prior to SFA: Four-time letterwinner at Southlake Carroll High School … Member of state qualifying team in 2016 … First team all-district selection as a junior … Honorable mention all-state selection in 2016 … Posted eight top-10 individual tournament finishes, including placed third at 2016 district championship … Registered runner-up showing at 2015 Tiger Invitational … Finished fifth on three different occasions, including the 2016 Junior Match Play Championship … Registered a low round of 68 at the regional championship, placing seventh … Dragon Achievement Award winner … National Honor Society member.
Plano, Texas (Plano West H.S.)
Prior to SFA: Four-time letterwinner at Plano West High School … Member of 2016 6A state championship team and state qualifier in 2015 … Placed third at 2015 state championship meet, followed by a 16th-place finish in 2016 … Registered seven top-10 tournament finishes during prep career … Notched runner-up finish at Legends Junior Tour Blue Bonnet Championship in 2016 (shooting a 137) after tying for third in 2015 … Tied for seventh at 2016 LJT Texas State Championship … Tied for 10th in 2016 … First alternate at 2015 USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier.
McKinney, Texas (Boyd H.S.)
Prior to SFA: Four-time letterwinner at McKinney Boyd High School … All-district selection as a junior … Placed in the top-10 individually of district tournament in 2016 … Captured North Texas Showdown at Stonebridge Dye course with a 149 … Finished in the top-three at three TJGT events, including finishing second at Cottonwood Creek … Placed third at both Buffalo Creek and Onion Creek … Boasts a current scoring average of 77.05 … Four-time academic all-district selection.
Sugar Land, Texas (Fort Bend Clements)
Prior to SFA: Four-time letterwinner at Fort Bend Clements High School … Member of state-qualifying team in both 2015 and 2016 … First team all-district selection as a junior … Also earned second team all-district honors … Placed second at Starburst Junior Golf Classic … Also placed second at Panther Trail Championship TJGT event … Member of Legends Junior Tour, placing sixth at Lanny Wadkins Championship … Finished 18th at State Junior Championship … Academic all-district honoree … Academic Excellence recipient.