PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to senior men’s golfer Richie Schembechler for his leadership and efforts on the Pioneers men’s golf team.
On March 30-31, the senior from Massillon contributed to the Pioneers’ first win of the spring with rounds of 71 and 83 at the Capital University Purple and White Invitational in Columbus. His scores helped the Pioneers defeat runner-up Madonna University 593-608.
All year Schembechler has been a driving force for Pioneers’ success. Including the fall, he has helped the golf team win four out of its seven tournaments.
In fact, at the 54-hole Mid-Atlantic Powerade Classic in Coshocton, Ohio on Sept. 19-20 he led the Pioneers to first place by taking home top medalist honors with a score of 8-under par 208. He shot rounds of 71-67-70 over the two days at the par-72 River Greens Golf Course.
Get to know Richie Schembechler…
Q: Favorite food?
A: Chicken Parmesan
Q: Love, like or hate the Masters?
A: I love the Masters. It is the best week of golf in the entire season.
Q: Favorite athlete?
A: Tiger Woods
Q: Something most people don’t know about you?
A: I have like 12 pairs of golf shoes and 10 pairs of sneakers.
Q: Biggest superstition?
A: I must always have exactly seven golf tees in my pocket. Not sure why but I always have seven.
Q: What is the thing you like most about golf?
A: The challenge golf provides. It is by far the hardest sport to get good at.
Q: How, who and why did you play golf when you were younger?
A: I got my first set of clubs at age two from my dad and grandpa and everything sort of took off from there.
Q: Who is your role model?
A: Ben Crane is a good role model for me because he is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour and a devout Christian.
Q: Favorite fast food outlet?
Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?
A: Best part of college athletics is the team atmosphere and bonding with all my teammates. It’s like a brotherhood.
The worst part is making up all of the work we miss for golf tournaments.
Q: How do you feel about Tiger Woods and his chances to pass Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors?
A: I think Tiger will eventually pass Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors. It’s taking longer than I thought it would a few years ago, but it will happen.
Q: What is the lowest round you have ever shot and where did you shoot said round?
A: I shot 57 for 18 holes at Lyons Den Golf Course.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: In ten years, I hope to be playing professional golf on the PGA Tour or running my own golf academy.