FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2013
FORT WAYNE, Ind. –With an impressive start to the 2013 -14 season, it seems that Indiana Tech women’s golf head coach Kelly Mettert has one of the best freshman classes in team history. Three newcomers this season have already made their mark on the program as they have combined to win one event, post four top-five finishes and five inside the top-10 after just two events.
Wiebke Schlender, Tamina Römer and Courtney Dye have all performed well in their first two events of their collegiate careers with Schlender winning the Illinois College Invite and posting a top-five finish in the Crusader Classic. Dye currently leads the Warriors with a stroke average of 76, finishing second in both events this season while Römer has tallied a top-five finish and has an 81.8 stroke average, third on the team.
Schlender, a Paderborn, Germany native, was a member at the Dusseldorfer Golf Club and played in the first Bundesliga, which is the top national women’s golf league. She maintained a 2.9 handicap and finished 25th in the U18 National Championship in 2012 as well as placing 53rd in the International Amateur Girl’s Tournament in Germany. Schlender is majoring in sports management.
“Winning my first tournament so early was amazing,” stated Schlender when asked about her victory and WHAC Player of the Week honors. “I played really well and I’m proud of my performance. To be the Player of the Week in the WHAC is icing on the cake.”
Römer, a Dusseldorf, Germany native, was a member at the Golfclub Hösel, near Dusseldorf, where she maintained a 3.8 handicap and was ranked in the top-10 for her region under-18 for the past two years. In Germany, high schools do not have sports teams and there is not big support for student-athletes, so most of the skills Römer has, come from playing at her home golf club. She is also majoring in sports management.
“There really isn’t a difference in playing in Germany and playing here in the U.S.,” Römer said. “The courses and facilities are similar, but it’s great to be part of a team and I’m excited to be able to explore the U.S. as we travel for events. “
The freshman roommates chose to come to Indiana Tech because it offered them something universities in Germany did not, the opportunity to play golf and receive an education. They both credit Mettert for making them feel comfortable and make a smooth transition, it also helps that they have been friends for many years and wanted to be able to compete for the same team.
It was a much different path for Dye, a Williamsburg, Mich. native, who attended Traverse City Central High School and made a name for herself in the Big North Conference. She was ranked first in the BNC in 2011-12 as well as being awarded Player of the All-State Team and begin named captain of the Lady Trojan Golf Team. In 2011 and 2012 she was low medalist of the BNC with an average of 79 and 75.6 respectively. In 2012 she improved her game as she was ranked eighth in the state for division two and number one in the region.
As a freshman Dye is looking to play her best golf and improve her and the team. She’s already shown here abilities with two runner-up finishes, but she’s now ready to take the win.
“I played my best golf at these tournaments and it was great to finish second both times, but I’m waiting for my first win,” said Dye who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. “I chose Tech because I wanted a small college with a great Engineering program and a competitive women’s golf team and they have both.”
The Warriors return to the links on Friday, Sept. 13 when they travel to South Bend. Ind. to take part in The Battle at Blackthorn at the Blackthorn Golf Club.