Prep pulse: April 15, 2019

Prep pulse: April 15, 2019

The Prep Tour is a youth golf series that draws some of the best and brightest duffers from around the state — and occasionally beyond.

Franklin Middle School eighth-grader Wade Schacht certainly deserves to have those two adjectives placed next to his name after his recent achievement.

The future Champaign Central student-athlete fired a two-day total of 3-over 147 at Bloomington's Den at Fox Creek on April 6 and 7.

That score was good not only to win the boys' freshman/sophomore division in which Schacht was competing, but also top the boys' junior/senior field as well.

Schacht's output was three strokes better than Pekin's Mason Minkel in the frosh/soph field and four strokes superior to junior/senior leader T.J. Barger of Bloomington.

"I started to have that feeling (that I had the top score) somewhere in the second day," Schacht said last Saturday, on his way to another Prep Tour event. "In the clubhouse (after Day 1), my mom was like, 'You're in first place,' and I was like, 'Whoa.'"

Schacht matched Barger with the tournament's lowest score on Day 1, as each kid shot a 73 — a score matched by Minkel in the second round.

But Schacht's 74 was better than Barger's 78 on Day 2.

"I wasn't hitting the ball too well. I only hit a couple fairways," Schacht said. "I wasn't hitting many greens, but my short game was on point. I was chipping well and making all my short putts."

Schacht has been attending the driving range since he was 2 or 3 years old, and he first took to competitive golf at age 5.

His motivation for getting involved with the sport? Food.

"When I was 2 or 3, my dad would always leave out this bowl of hot dip on the couch when there was golf on TV," Schacht said. "That's how I fell in love, watching these guys hit the ball so far and making these putts."

Prior to jumping on the Prep Tour, Schacht said there weren't many opportunities for him to test his stuff against similar talent.

"Now that I'm on the Prep Tour in a combination with Junior Golf Scoreboard," Schacht said, "it really gives a feeling of touring."

Schacht faces another fun opportunity in the near future.

Though results like this suggest Schacht would be a shoo-in for the Central boys' golf team, he'll still need to try out alongside the likes of reigning two-time News-Gazette Athlete of the Year Justin McCoy.

"I'm really excited to play with the team," Schacht said. "We have a great chance to go deep, not only in regionals and sectionals."