There are two ways “minor” sports can excel at mid-major-level recruiting. Most of the great high school golfers either go to the power conferences or, if they are good enough, they just skate to the pros.
The way for mid-majors to flourish is by recruiting transfers and international players.
SIU’s head coach Justin Fetcho has obviously chosen the transfer route — kind of.
In the fall, Fetcho signed former Stetson University star Dirk Kuehler, who graduated from Stetson after averaging 75 strokes per round.
Hunter York, a local All-American, was signed by Fetcho this past November.
The Decatur native York also won the 1A level Illinois State Championship when he was in high school.
“I look for Hunter to step right in and make an immediate impact,” said Fetcho in November.
But the best was yet to come for Fetcho’s recruiting efforts this spring. Just a few weeks ago, the Dawgs inked their second Junior College All-American, Oliver Meek.