NewsTurner Ashby Golfing Standout Decides to Play at MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's golf team has landed another recruit for the 2004-2005 season with the addition of Michael Willi.
Willi, a native of Harrisonburg, Virgina, has decided to further his education and continue his golfing career at MVNU. As a senior at Turner Ashby High School, he averaged 76.6 strokes per round as he was named to the All-District and All-Region teams. He was also selected as his team's Most Valuable Player as both a junior and a senior. For his career, Willi posted a 79.4 strokes per round average - the lowest mark in Turner Ashby's history. He became only the third player in school history to make the state tournament in 2003, and he finished 32nd out of 72 golfers in the event.
"We are very fortunate to get a player like Michael," said MVNU assistant coach Chris Huff, who handles all the recruiting for the program. "He will make a big impact on our team next year. I feel that he has the potential to be one of the best golfers in school history. He has a great work ethic and is a very motivated person. He will fit into our program and succeed. Michael is also a good person, who will represent our university in a positive way."
In addition to playing golf for Turner Ashby High School, Willi also took part in various other junior tournaments. He is a two-year member of National Honor Society and serves as the treasurer for the Future Business Leaders of America chapter. He is also active in his local church on the Nazarene Youth International council.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said Willi of his college choice. "I really like the atmosphere and location of the school and the positive Christian influence. MVNU has a great golf program and good academics, and I wanted to attend a Nazarene school. I was also really impressed with the golf coaches, Mike Meeks and Chris Huff."
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.