Seger gets down to business in keeping tradition

Herald Sports Writer

JASPER — Flanked by his parents and surrounded by a few dozen friends and family members, Jasper High School senior Will Seger signed his letter of intent to compete for the Indiana University men’s golf team Thursday in the JHS Community Room.

Tradition dictated the decision. So did Seger’s confidence in IU coach Mike Mayer.


Seger, the son of Scott and Becky of Jasper, will be the latest of his family to attend IU and study at the Kelley School of Business; in addition to his dad, Seger has seven uncles who have already gone through the process. Seger hasn’t settled on a major but he said it’ll be something “business-related.”

No surprise there.

“My family has a tradition of going to IU and being a part of the Kelley School of Business,” Seger said of why he chose IU. “And the coach, Mike Mayer, made a real impact on me and I truly believe that he can develop me into the best player that I can be.”

Seger continued speaking of Mayer: “I could tell from Day 1 that he was honest with me, and told it how it is, told me how I can improve and basically showed the most respect and care for me.”

His mom, sporting an IU scarf, and his dad, wearing an IU pullover, stood behind Seger as he signed the letter; his mom squeezed his shoulder once he was done, and Seger thanked both of them for their help and patience over the years.

He also spoke for a few minutes, thanking his junior golf coaches, JHS coach Steve Milligan, his teachers and JHS assistant superintendent Bob Hacker, who helped Seger during the recruiting process and who spoke glowingly of the senior as he said IU was getting a great student as well as a great person.

IU’s men’s golf team has won 21 tournaments in Mayer’s 13 seasons, produced several All-Americans and landed at least one player on the All-Big Ten Conference team in 10 of Mayer’s first 12 years.

Seger chose IU over a host of schools: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Virginia were the other favorites.

Seger found the right place for him in Bloomington, and he made the announcement in front of everyone who matters to him.

“It’s awesome having all these people here,” said Seger, the two-time individual defending sectional champion and 2012 regional medalist who also placed 11th at the state finals in June in leading the Wildcat team to a third-place finish. “My signing day is just special, being able to have everyone here watching me ... everyone that’s been with me since I’ve been about 3 or 4 years old, it’s special.”

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