Decker (No. 37, 2013) commits to Vanderbilt

Michael Decker has verbally committed to play college golf at Vanderbilt. Decker, of Pebble Beach, Calif., almost made unofficial visits to Stanford, UCLA, USC, Georgia Tech, Texas, Wake Forest, Duke and Arizona State.

Decker chose Vanderbilt so he could play at a top SEC school, and one where he could hone his game under coaches Tom Shaw and Dusty Smith.

“After considering other schools in the Southeast as well as schools in California, I chose Vanderbilt because of its exceptional combination of academics, athletics and an exciting campus environment right in the heart of Nashville,” he said.

Playing for his high school, Robert Louis Stevenson School, Decker earned a sixth-place finish at the state tournament, and was named the most valuable player in the Mission Trail Athletic League. Decker also qualified for the 2011 U.S. Amateur.

Aside from golf, Decker also started as a shooting guard for his high school basketball team last year. A broken thumb took him out of this year’s lineup.

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