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Fairbanks commits to Indiana University men's golf program
January 22, 2013Columbus North High School
Christian Fairbanks has decided to keep his golf swing close to home.
Fairbanks, a Columbus North High School junior, announced Monday (Jan. 21) that he has made an oral commitment to accept a men's golf scholarship to Indiana University.
A member of the high school class of 2014, Fairbanks expects to sign a national letter-of-intent to finalize his commitment in November. He will join coach Mike Mayer's Hoosiers, a team that finished second in the 2012 Big Ten Championships and ninth in the 2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional.
“I take being a student-athlete very seriously, and Indiana University is giving me a chance to study at one of the most highly respected business schools in the country and play Division I golf with coaches and teammates I respect,” said Fairbanks, who tied for 12th in the 2012 Indiana high school State Finals with a 150 while helping the Bull Dogs to a fourth-place team finish. “I am so thankful for this opportunity.
“Going to college is very exciting, but making this decision as a junior allows me to remain focused on my high school class work, complete my Eagle Scout Project, and continue to mature as a golfer. It will be an honor to be part of Coach Mayer's golf team. He is a man of integrity, with high expectations and a great reputation, who will teach me a lot on and off the golf course.”
Mayer is unable to comment on Fairbanks' decision because NCAA rules prohibit the coach from talking about a prospect until after a player signs a national letter of intent.
Fairbanks, who helped Columbus North to a runner-up finish in the 2011 state tournament, will become part of an IU program that has excelled during Mayer's tenure as coach. Over the years, his teams have produced multiple team championships as well as individual standouts such as Jeff Overton and Jorge Campillo.
Fairbanks informed Mayer of his decision on Monday morning during an unofficial visit to the IU campus, then spent the latter part of the day calling coaches from other colleges to inform them of his decision. Other programs that showed an interest in Fairbanks include the Michigan, Army, Liberty, Mississippi, Purdue, Central Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, Miami (Ohio), and Columbia.
“The proximity of Bloomington to Columbus will allow me to be close enough to watch my brother Spencer compete and develop during his high school career. It was a factor in my decision to attend Indiana University,” Fairbanks said. “Family is very important to me.
“My parents (John and Melissa) and brother are golfers and Dad is a PGA member, so we all know to prepare for tournament conditions I'll be practicing at courses all over the state. IU's outstanding practice and conditioning schedule is a perfect match for me.”
In addition to his high school success, Fairbanks tied for 116th in the 2012 USGA Junior Championship at Stratham, N.H., with a 158. He qualified for that event by placing second in a Junior Amateur qualifier at Columbus' Otter Creek Golf Course with a 146.
Fairbanks also was the medalist at the 2012 Indiana Age-Group Championship with a 141 at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind., tied for third in the Indiana Boys State Junior Championship with a 153 at Purdue's Kampen Course and tied for seventh in the Indiana Junior PGA Championship with a 144 at Honeywell Golf Club in Wabash, Ind.
Outside of golf, Fairbanks carries a 3.52 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and is a candidate for Eagle Scout in the Boys Scouts of America program. He is a youth leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an accomplished jazz pianist, and serves as a volunteer for the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra, Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter and the Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E).
The Columbus North boys’ golf team begins its 2013 season on March 30 with the Seymour Invitational at Shadowood Golf Course.