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CN's VanDeventer commits to Ball State men's golf
October 9, 2013Columbus North High School
Columbus North senior Michael VanDeventer announced Tuesday (Oct. 9) that he has made an oral commitment to play golf at Ball State University.
VanDeventer, a three-time all-state player, helped the Bull Dogs to state runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2013 as well as a fourth-place state finish in 2012.
Individually, VanDeventer fired a 71-71--142 to place seventh individually at the 2013 state meet. He also was medalist last season at the 24-team Spring Preview, co-medalist at the 18-team Sollman Invitational and medalist at the 13-team Greensburg Sectional en route to earning team MVP honors.
VanDeventer said his final decision came down to Ball State and the University of Indianapolis. He also had considered Indiana, Purdue, Liberty, Clemson and Belmont universities after visiting each of those schools over the past 12 months.
"It was a tough decision because I really liked Ball State and the University of Indianapolis," VanDeventer said, noting that he called BSU coach Mike Fleck on Monday evening to inform the coach of his decision.
"In the end, I really like the direction the Ball State program is going, their making the NCAA Tournament last spring and other success they have had. I also like coach Fleck and am friends with several guys on the Ball State team. They have a number of Indiana guys, guys I have played with in Junior golf over the years. I am looking forward to being teammates with them and seeing what we can do."
VanDeventer, who plans to major in exercise science, will join a BSU program that placed third in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and finished 30th in the NCAA tournament last season. He will sign a national letter-of-intent with the Cardinals during the early-signing period that runs Nov. 13-20.
By NCAA regulations, Fleck, now in his 16th season directing the Cardinals, cannot comment on a prospect until after VanDeventer signs his letter of intent.
Columbus North coach Doug Bieker was happy for VanDeventer, who has one season remaining with the Bull Dogs and will join the Cardinals in the 2014-15 school year.
"Michael had several offers to play golf at the next level, and it was a difficult decision," Bieker said. "Ball State has had one of if not the best collegiate program in the state of Indiana, at least in recent years.
"Michael has the desire and drive to keep working at his game, and he will benefit from the competition within the team at Ball State. They play a first-class schedule and have a top-notch coach in Mike Fleck. All these things combined will help Michael take his game to an even higher level."
In addition to a strong junior season, VanDeventer has been solid throughout his career at Columbus North. As a sophomore, he shot a 74-80--154 to help Columbus North to a fourth-place finish at state and finished with a 75.9 season average. As a freshman, he shot a 67-76--143 to tie for fifth individually at state as CN shared the top team score with Brebeuf Jesuit but placed second on a tie-breaker.
VanDeventer becomes the eighth member of Columbus North's class of 2014 and second golfer to make a college commitment. Earlier, golf teammate Christian Fairbanks committed to Indiana University.
Other CNHS seniors announcing college choices are Kenadie Carlson (women's soccer, Xavier), Kelsey Cunningham (women's basketball, Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Tayler Goodall (women's basketball, Florida Gulf Coast), Cody Tayler (men's swimming, Indiana University) and twins Mara and Tessa Krempel (both women's track, Western Kentucky).