Golf, academics and campus comfort added up to one place for Bryce Turner.
The Columbus North senior considered the various factors, and he announced he has made an oral commitment to join the men’s golf team at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne for the 2017-18 school year. He expects to take part in a signing ceremony on Nov. 9 at Columbus North.
“When I visited over the summer, I liked the small-campus feel,” said Turner, a two-time first-team all-Conference Indiana honoree who averaged 77.64 strokes as a junior in 14 18-hole rounds. “Then after talking with (coach Tim Alexander), I feel like I can be in the lineup and contribute right away. That would be awesome.”
At USF, Turner will be joining a Cougars’ squad that placed sixth in the 2016 Crossroads League Tournament. He will rejoin a pair of familiar faces with the NAIA program – junior Ian Coffey, a former teammate from Columbus North, and freshman Austin Proffitt, a former rival from Columbus East.
“With Ian there, someone I know and trust to talk with, that really helped,” Turner said. “They also play on two nice courses, Cherry Hill and Autumn Ridge, and I liked that.”
As a student, Turner hopes to be admitted to the college’s Busse Entreprenurial Program with Integrated Cooperatives where he would study both finance and management. Long term, he would like to own or operate a business.
“I really like the EPIC program,” he said. “If you are in EPIC, they have 100 percent placement for two summer internships. That was very appealing.”
With one season remaining in the spring of 2017, Turner is hopeful of a strong conclusion to his high school career. He opened as a backup on the Bull Dogs’ state championship team in 2014, then averaged 80.80 strokes in 15 rounds while earning first-team all-CI accolades as a sophomore. He backed that up by his selection as an all-conference player as a junior.
“I’m kind of running out of time as a high school player, but I feel like I’m playing the best of my life right now,” Turner said. “I feel like I am capable of winning state, and I would love to have the team with me and us all to do well.”
Turner recently tied for eighth-place in the Hoosier Junior Championship with a 75-76–151 on Oct. 8-9 at Otter Creek Golf Club. Earlier in the summer, he tied for seventh place in the Columbus City Tournament and shot a 76-77–153 in the American Junior Golf Association event also at Otter Creek.
Turner is the 11th member of Columbus North class of 2017 to make a college choice for academics and athletics.
Other CN seniors making college choices are Holly Anderson, women's golf, Ball State; Mitchell Burton, football, Miami (Ohio); Chloe Chambers, women's soccer, Franklin College; Darby Coles, women’s swimming, Marshall University; Imani Guy, women’s basketball, Southern Indiana; Maliah Howard-Bass, women’s basketball, Ball State; Marina Hughes, women's soccer, Saint Francis (Ind.); David Redding, football, Western Michigan; Cooper Trinkle, baseball, Evansville; Charlotte Verbanic, women's soccer, Hanover.