For the last decade, senior
leadership has played an instrumental role in shaping the golf
program's success at the Division I level. Binghamton University's
golf team has relied on players like Adam Fuchs (1999-2003) and
Jeff Wolniewicz (2004-2007), the all-time individual scoring
leaders, to lead by example on the golf course. Fuchs, who led
the Bearcats to an NCAA Championship appearance as a senior,
guided the team to its second-lowest season average (300.0).
A four-year member of the PING All-Region team and a two-time
GCAA All-America Scholar, Wolniewicz helped the Bearcats achieve
its lowest season scoring average (299.1) in 2007.
This year's wave of seniors Jake Katz
and Andrew Marler look to continue
BU's four-year increment of record-breaking seasons. With a sure-fire
man in Katz who has locked up the team's No. 1 spot after leading
the Bearcats in scoring during the 2009-10 campaign, fellow captain
Andrew Marler can focus his efforts on leading by example, in
addition to his reliable contribution to the team score in each
Marler, who was named a co-captain at the start of the academic
year, possesses a perfect blend of leadership credentials that
combine his talents as a golfer with the impact he makes on the
Binghamton campus and community. As a four-year member of the
squad, Marler has racked up the amount of tournament experience
that makes him a savvy veteran who has learned how to score in
big events. He earned 1st Team All-America Sky accolades on the
strength of a sound fifth-place performance in the 36-hole conference
championship in 2008. In his fourth year with the Student Athlete
Advisory Committee (SAAC), Marler has had the opportunity to
influence athletes from BU's 21 intercollegiate teams. In all,
Marler's four-year experience on the golf team and devotion to
SAAC represent a mutually beneficial relationship, thereby making
him a more effective leader on and off the golf course.
Marler answered a few questions about his role as a leader, goals
for the current season, and career aspirations.
you describe how you became involved with SAAC and what some
of your responsibilities include as Treasurer?
I first became involved in SAAC my freshman year. I was more
heavily involved at some points than others but I always tried
to contribute to the organization. Last year, Adina Fisher, a
former Vice President, asked me to run for Treasurer. This entails
managing the budget for some of our projects and chairing the
athlete social subcommittee. My goal is to create a variety of
fun (non-drinking) social events throughout the year for all
a degree in management and concentration in finance, what are
your career aspirations?
Originally, being interested in money and finance, I wanted to
be the "Gordan Gekko" of Wall Street. However, after
an internship this past summer in investment banking, I realized
this may not be the best path for me. Currently, I have an offer
to work for a talent agency in Los Angeles. This ties in well
with my deep interest in athletics. I am looking for other opportunities
in the sports and entertainment industries in the next few months.
do you spend your time when you're not playing golf or concentrating
Friendships are where I focus much of my free time. I have a
great group of friends here at school and at home. I love staying
in touch with people and doing spontaneous things with my friends.
It's my last year of college so with my free time, I will take
every opportunity to do something spontaneous, exciting, and
would you assess the team's chemistry after winning a few team
titles last season?
Our team chemistry is incredible. We have such a great group
of guys. All ten of us get along famously and each person adds
their own unique personality into a great mix. We're one big
happy family, and we are also extremely lucky to have such a
fun and supportive coach with Bernie Herceg. We always have a
great time together whether it's a great tournament, bad tournament,
on the course or off the course. But there is no better feeling
than the celebration of a team victory.
it like competing alongside a high school teammate in Ryan Prinzo?
Did you have any influence guiding him to BU?
Ryan and I played high school golf together and I knew he'd be
a great fit for the team and school, so I took a role in guiding
him to BU. He's a great addition to the team and I think he's
very happy to be here.
was your key to success in carding two consistent rounds at the
Philadelphia Big 5 Invite last season to lead the team?
That was a very confident week for me. My swing was feeling good
and the course was so nice that it rewarded good play. It felt
great carding two good scores at one of our better tournaments
of the year.
personal and team goals do you have for the current season?
As it is my senior
year, my main goal is to have a memorable season. That includes
a few tournament victories (most importantly our conference championship
in Arizona this spring), fun trips, and great team camaraderie.
Also, as team captain this season, it's important for me to lead
the team effectively and make sure that everyone has a great
season and plays to their full potential. As for a personal goal,
I'd like to obtain Scholastic All-American honors which are having
a cumulative GPA over 3.3 and a 76 stroke average or lower.
other sports did you play growing up?
I played many sports but I put most of my time into ice hockey
which I played for 12 years. I started golf after hitting golf
balls at a driving range at a hockey tournament. The muscles
and technique you develop from ice hockey translate well into
a golf swing. I fell in love with the game. I also played varsity
tennis throughout high school.
individuals have helped shape your game over the years?
I've had a few swing coaches which helped me forge my game, however,
it was my individual drive to obtain a Division I scholarship
in high school that pushed me to practice and improve my game
to the next level. My parents were also extremely supportive
in funding and traveling to all my golf tournaments across the
country throughout high school.
much of a blessing is it to play at such a fine course in The
Links at Hiawatha Landing where your coach is the Head Professional?
The links is an awesome course and has great practice facilities.
We are very lucky to have Bernie as our coach as it gives us
a lot of privileges at the course. We are extremely grateful
to have a course that is so supportive of Binghamton University
and our golf team.
the best part about playing golf at Binghamton University?
The best part of college golf is the tournaments. We travel to
six tournaments in the fall and six in the spring. We travel
across the country and play awesome courses and meet players
from other schools every week. Even though each tournament comes
with a lot of pressure to perform, they are still a ton of fun
and great life-long experiences.