Marquette Golf Signs Two to National Letters of Intent
April 16, 2010
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's golf program announced Friday the signing of Corey Konieczki (Rockford, Ill.) and Michael Motz (Milton, Ga.) to National Letters of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles beginning in 2010-11.
Both prep stars have significant experience as junior players at the state and national level and have proven to be quality individuals in the classroom and in their respective communities.
Konieczki, a four-time team MVP, helped Boylan Catholic High School win four conference titles (NIC-10) and one regional championship during his tenure. He was an all-conference selection in each of his four seasons and was named the league's player of the year as a senior. He won a total of six high school tournaments between 2008 and 2009, including back-to-back medalist honors at the NIC-10 Championship.
"I see Marquette all over this kid," said Golden Eagles assistant coach Kyle Murphy. "A soon-to-be-graduate of Boylan, he is absolutely a perfect fit for our program. It is rare to find an 18-year-old who knows how to shoot consistently low numbers, and Corey has proven time and time again he can do that."
This past summer, Konieczki placed third at the prestigious Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship with a 6-under-par 274 (70-65-65-74) in Ardmore, Okla. He qualified for the event -- billed as the nation's largest junior stroke-play golf tournament -- after winning an Illinois state qualifier with a 6-under 138 (65-65-71).
"We will expect Corey to have an immediate impact on our golf team," added Murphy. "Towards the end of 2009, Corey was becoming pretty highly sought after. We are very thankful he saw our commitment and chose [Marquette]."
Motz's junior career is highlighted by an appearance as a semifinalist in the 91st Annual Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship this past October at the Rivermont Golf and Country Club. Motz shot 73 to finish tied for 13th place in the stroke play qualifier. He then won two matches before falling in the semifinal round.
"I found Michael at a junior event in Atlanta," said Murphy. "I watched every shot of his round that day and became more and more impressed as the day went on. There is no ceiling for Michael; he can be as great as he wants to be. We will be looking for Michael to grow up fast, as there will be a little bit of a learning curve as he transitions into college golf, but he should have an immediate impact on our golf team."
Earlier last summer Motz, who has captured 12 tournament titles since 2005, won the Junior Club Championship at the Country Club of Roswell (Ga.) after carding a closing-round 64. He followed that up with an eighth-place finish at the American Junior Golf Association's Scissortail Junior Championship in Broken Arrow, Okla.
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