Brent Hansen (center) signs his letter-of-intent to play golf at Quincy University next fall surrounded by his family and Coach Burdick.
By BLAKE FAITH
Mt. Zion boys golf senior Brent Hansen signed his letter-of-intent to play golf at Quincy University next fall.
According to head coach Colby Burdick, Hansen has approved every single year at the program. From shooting a freshman average of 106 to shooting 71 at sectionals last fall to qualify him individually for the state tournament.
“We have some younger guys in our program that if they put the work in they can get there and be a part of continuing this,” Coach Burdick said. “Him (Hansen) and Jack (Driscoll) were big catalysts in turning the program around, because when they first got here we were struggling. These last couple years we’ve had good teams and this past year we had a chance to win a regional and conference.”
Throughout the last year Hansen realized that he wanted to play golf at the collegiate level, but only had a handful of offers. The coach at Quincy University made Hansen feel at home and made Hansen feel like a priority.
Hansen said that he will take with him the preparation his teachers and coaches did for him to get to the next level. Hansen’s goals for his freshman year are to keep his grades up and to thrive as a golfer. Hansen’s major is undecided, but he’s interested in possibly studying pre-law or political science.
“The program there has struggled in the past and they’re kind of rebuilding and they’ve got got some new stuff and they’ve got some nice recruits that have signed there and I’m kind of excited to hopefully kind of make that program special and and hopefully kind of turn it around and make it a winning a winning golf team,” Hansen said.
Coach Burdick said that the last words of advice he will give Hansen is to keep on improving.
“Just keep on improving,” Coach Burdick said. “Keep doing what he’s done these last four years. Keep putting the time in, keep learning from every competitive round, from practice rounds you’ll end up being successful at the next level.”
Hansen will cherish most about his time at Mt. Zion is the relationships he has made.
“Everyday now I miss golf season and I miss the fall,” Hansen said. “I miss going to golf tournaments and staying in hotels with my team. I miss those guys so much and I’d do anything to play another year of high school golf as excited as I am to continue my golfing career in college.
I really miss those days and I’ve cherished every second with spending time with guys, the relationships you form with your classmates and your teammates.”