Men's Golf

Kelly Kretz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Antigo, Wis.

High School:
Antigo

Height:
6-3

Kelly Kretz

2010-11: Named All-BIG EAST Conference for the second consecutiveyear, the only MU player other than Mike Van Sickle to accomplish such a feat... Kretzranked amongst MU single-season program leaders in scoring average versus par (5th, 1.63), par-or-better rounds (5th, 13), low round (3rd, 64) and low 54-hole total (3rd, 201) ... Was one of two MU players, along with Corey Konieczki, to play in all 30 rounds ... Kretz was one of the top two finishers for MU in nine of the 10 tournaments, leading the team seven times ... At the Pacific Invitational, Kretz finished second with a 12-under-par 201, his career low ... He also recorded a career-low 64 (-7) in the third round at the Pacific Invitational ... Kretz recorded four rounds in the 60s this season, and 12 times in his career ... He owns eight of the 10 lowest individual rounds this season, including the four lowest ... One of three MU players to score in the 60s, along with Corey Konieczki and Michael Motz ... Ranked in the all-time career record books in scoring average versus par (3rd, 2.62), par-or-better rounds (3rd, 33) and rounds played (5th, 122) ... Qualified for the U.S. Open sectional round after finishing tied for second place in a regional qualifier following a playoff.

2009-10: Kretz was tabbed as an All-BIG EAST selection following his junior season in which he led Marquette with three top-10 finishes in nine events played ... He placed fifth at the Xavier Invitational where he closed with a three-under par 68, his low round of the season ... He later matched that score with a opening-round 68 at the FAU Spring Break Championship ... Kretz finished the Xavier Invitational with a three-round total of 210 (71-71-68), which was MU's lowest individual tournament score of the season ... He earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors (April 6, 2010) after shooting 211 (72-69-70) in the team's final event of the regular season, the Irish Creek Collegiate ... Kretz tied for eighthat the BIG EAST Championship with a 217 (76-70-71) ... He led the team with 83 birdies and posted a season scoring average of 74.30.

2008-09: Kretz was one of four players to play in all four of Marquette's team events in 2008-09, primarily playing at the No. 3 position in the lineup ... He recorded a stroke average of 74.63 with four rounds of par-or-better, including a season low round of 67 at the Ron Smith USF Invitational ... His best finish of the season came in the fall when Kretz tied for 24th place with a one-over-par 217 at the Cardinal Intercollegiate ... Kretz was also part of a Golden Eagles squad that boasted a team scoring average of 290.03, an all-time low for the program ... Qualified for his second consecutive U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship after winning a local qualifying tournament ... finished seventh in the Wisconsin State Golf Association player-of-the-year standings.

2007-08: One of the longest hitters on the team, Kretz ranked second among all NCAA Division I players and led the team with eight eagles during the season ... He was the only freshman to have made the Golden Eagles' lineup in 2007-08 and played in all 11 team events ... Kretz had a remarkable first season, carrying a 74.91 scoring average -- the fifth-best scoring average ever for an MU freshman -- and seven rounds under par ... Kretz came on particularly strong in his final two events of the fall, posting back-to-back finishes of seventh- and sixth-place, respectively, at the BIG EAST/MAC Challenge and Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational ... He shot a season-best 10-under, 206 (67-71-68) at the Pacific Invitational, one stroke behind teammate Mike Van Sickle ... His low round of 67 matched his previous low round which he shot at the second round of the Xavier Invitational ... Kretz tied for seventh in the team's previous tournament, the BIG EAST/MAC Challenge, and also tied for second place at the Marshall Invitational in April, but the tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to weather ... During the summer, Kretz competed in the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Aurora, Colo., where he advanced to the Round of 16 before falling to the eventual tournament champion, Jack Newman ... Finished third in the Wisconsin State Golf Association player-of-the-year standings.

Prior to Marquette: Kretz was a four-year letterwinner at Antigo High School in Antigo, Wis., where he was appointed captain of the golf team his sophomore, junior, and senior years ... He was selected as all-conference all four years as a prep athlete and in 2005 he was selected as an American Junior Golf Association All-American ... Kretz broke his own school record for lowest round on three seperate occasions; first, with a score of 70 his sophomore season and scores of 69 and then 66 his senior year ... In 2005, he won the American Junior Golf Association Buick Invitational.

Personal: Kelly Kretz was born January 8, 1989 in Antigo, Wis. ... His parents are Joseph and Sandra Kretz ... He has two older siblings, Casey and David ... Kretz is majoring in History and Secondary Education.

GoMarquette.com Student-Athlete of the Week
April 25, 2011
July
12, 2010

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