NewsMVNU Golf Team Lands Carrollton Standout
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's golf team has landed its first recruit for the 2004-2005 season with the addition of Tim Hepner.
Hepner, a native of Carrollton, Ohio, has decided to further his education and continue his golf career at MVNU. He wrapped up a stellar four-year career at Carrollton High School by being selected as the Northeastern Buckeye Conference Most Valuable Player in 2003 after averaging 38.9 strokes per nine holes. He was named to the NBC First Team and the All-Eastern District First Team as both a junior and senior as well as being named his team's Most Valuable Player. He was also an NBC Second Team and All-Eastern District Second Team pick as a freshman and sophomore.
"Tim is really going to make a big impact on our program next year," said MVNU assistant coach Chris Huff, who is in charge of recruiting. "He has had some great experience playing in many junior tournaments and high school matches. It is a privilege to have a person of his caliber chose to attend our school. Tim is a very motivated person, who wants to achieve goals on the golf course and in the classroom. I feel that his determination will have a positive impact on our team."
In addition to playing for Carrollton High School, Hepner has been very active playing in junior tournaments. He was selected to the Ohio Junior Ryder Cup Team and finished 55th at the 2003 PGA Junior National Tournament. He has also been involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and STAMP (State Tobacco Athlete Mentor Program).
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said Hepner of his college choice. "MVNU not only gives me a chance to excel on the golf course but in the classroom as well. The prestige of the academics at MVNU is the main reason for my college decision. The golf program has also become very strong because of the two coaches, Mike Meeks and Chris Huff. They have a great knowledge of all aspects of the game. MVNU is also a great Christian college that gives me the opportunity to grow more with God."
MVNU is coming off a 109-39 year in 2002-2003 that saw the Cougars advance to the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in three years. The team is ranked 15th in this year's NAIA preseason poll - the highest ranking ever for the program.