West Virginia senior golfer Mark Goetz enjoyed himself quite a senior season, and he received a historic boost to his resume on Monday.
Goetz became the first person in WVU history to earn All-America golf honors, getting an honorable mention by Golfweek.
“It has been great to watch Mark’s development on and off the golf course,” West Virginia head coach Sean Covich said. “He came here as a talented and unrefined freshman in 2017 and now is one of the best players in the country.”
The recognition comes during a year that has seen Goetz break many Mountaineer milestones.
The Greensburg native and Kiski School grad shot 12-under par at the Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in April, the lowest score to par in school history. The win came by a wide margin, with no other players in the 13-school field finishing below par.
Goetz received an invitation to compete as an individual at the NCAA Golf Regional in Noblesville, Indiana, becoming the first individual qualifier in school history. He came up just short of a national championship bid that week, finishing in second place.
During a new era of West Virginia golf, with the program being revived in 2015, Goetz has emerged as the face of a program trying to build itself into a national contender. The Mountaineers made the NCAA regional in 2018 for the first time ever, but struggled to build off of that team success last year.
But Goetz will have another year to make breakthroughs on an individual and team level at West Virginia. He announced last week his plan to return for a fifth season of eligibility, offered to student-athletes due to COVID-19.
“He has worked hard on his game, he trusts his process, and he keeps things moving forward regardless of the result,” Covich said. “I am very happy for Mark, and I know he wants to lead this team to great things next season.”