July 23, 2016

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Golf: Medina native Austin Schreiber gets golden opportunity

Some opportunities can’t be passed up.

So when Austin Schreiber got a call to compete on the Old Course at St. Andrews, the Ashland University sophomore jumped at the chance.

Schreiber will join 11 others from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this week who are representing the U.S. against the Scottish National team in a two-day, Ryder Cup-style competition.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip that I probably will never get the opportunity to do again,” the former Medina standout said. “It’s going to be awesome. I’ve played a lot of courses in the U.S., but it’s going to be cool to see how golf truly was. It’s going to be tough to not look around.”

The event is a part of the International Golf Initiative Series. Players are recommended based on athletic talent and ability to represent one’s country in a positive manner.

Schreiber was selected by Tiffin coach Darby Roggow to join the collection of GLIAC golfers. The former Gazette MVP finished with a 74.4 18-hole average last fall for the Eagles, highlighted by tying for 15th at the GLIAC championships. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Schreiber then tied for 11th at the GLIAC South Invitational in the spring.

Now he’ll get a chance to tackle the “home of golf,” where Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead have all recorded wins.

“I’ve been working a lot on keeping the ball down because when you watch the British Open there, you can see how windy it can get,” said Schreiber, a four-time All-Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division selection while with Medina. “I will have to play short because of the ways the greens are there.”

The alternate-shot, best-ball competition is something Schreiber is excited to participate in, as outside of playing in similar competitions at his home course, Fox Meadow Country Club, his background has mainly been in stroke-play matches.

When the group arrives in Scotland, it will take part in two practice rounds before the two-day event.

While the 19-year-old has been working all summer to get ready for the dream trip to St. Andrews, he will be taking his time on the course to soak in everything around him.

“Just walking across the bridge on 17, I think I will be taking some pictures,” he said. “But were to play a tournament and I’m ready. It’s going to be a ton of fun.”

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.