Shawn Huering, raised on a farm in New Hamburg, Mo., recently qualified as an individual for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. While he did not win, he shot 84-85 and placed in 126 out of 208 competitors.
“It was fun to be able to not only meet people from various universities, but to be able to play on some of the nicest courses in the nation. It is a great honor to be able to send a player to nationals from the Redhawks Golf Club in only our second semester competing. I was just fortunate enough for that player to be me,” he says.
Shawn, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in sport management with a minor in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University, played at the Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He played two separate courses-- the Dye Course and the Love Course. The rounds each day were totaled to determine the winners. Each player competed as an individual, but scores by players on a team also counted towards a team score.
“It was a great experience and I'm glad to have had this opportunity,” he said.
To prepare, Shawn has been hitting balls into the practice net at the Student Recreation Center-North, he said. He practiced with the other members of the Redhawks Golf Club at the Cape Jaycees Golf Course, and he has a membership at the Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson, Mo., where he practiced on weekends.
He has been golfing for around six years.
“One Christmas my parents bought be a set of golf clubs for me. After that, I just started hitting balls in the cow pasture for fun. Eventually, my godmother started taking me to play on the course and I enjoyed it so much that I started playing on my own,” Shawn says.
He eventually founded the University’s Redhawks Golf Club.
He is the president of the Redhawks Gold Club, is a member of the Sport Management Society and works on campus at the Student Recreation Center.
Shawn loves sports.
“I enjoy hanging out with friends and going to the movies. I also like going to Buffalo Wild Wings to help cheer on my favorite sporting teams.”
Shawn wants to find a job in the golfing industry upon graduation.
“I have developed a passion for golf and would like to stay involved with the sport by either managing a golf course or becoming a golf pro at a golf course,” Shawn says.
To Southeast students, Shawn offers some advice.
“When you come across something you are passionate about, work as hard as you can and always believe in yourself. Good things will come to those who work hard. You may not see the benefits in the short term, but in the long term you will be better off,” he says.