Remember this name: Mitchell Fedorka
Like so many teams when it comes to the .500 rule, small schools get anxious and excited when they know they have a chance against the “big boys” of college golf. The same could be said for Division III golfer Mitchell Fedorka from the University of La Verne.
The junior from Upland, Calif., was the first Leopard to ever compete at the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic and, according to his coach Eric Riehle, that is one heck of a feat.
“I believe this is the greatest accomplishment for any golfer or athlete ever from La Verne,” Riehle said. “This was a great opportunity for him (Fedorka) to show what he can do and grow.”
Fedorka was last year’s Division III Player of the Year and at times still can’t believe how far he has come.
“I would say these last few days have been almost surreal,” Fedorka said. “It felt good because this is where I should be, I have worked really hard to put myself in this position.”
Hunter Hamrick may have won this week but for Fedorka, a tie for 17th (73-67-75) was just as rewarding.
“This whole week here has been a great experience,” said Fedorka, who finished ahead of several of college golf’s best, including last year’s NCAA individual champion Matt Hill. “It has shown me a lot and that I still have work to improve on. Seeing I could hang with the big boys of college golf, that was a lot of fun.”
Said coach Riehle: “With Mitchell's performance it once again proves how deep college golf is. Divisions are coming closer to what they use to be.”