NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State men’s golf coach Parrish McGrath announced the signing of Austin Grote to a National Letter of Intent. Grote, a transfer from John A. Logan, will join the Tigers for the 2016-17 season.
“I had the chance to see Austin at our Big Blue Intercollegiate last year,” McGrath said. “After watching him birdie six holes in a row, I thought to myself, ‘I sure hope he likes Nashville’. He’s a great player who will contribute right away.”
As a freshman at the two-year institution, Grote placed 13th with a 2-under at the TSU hosted event. Grote entered the final day in 21st before carding a 70 to move up eight places on the leaderboard.
The junior college transfer is under the tutelage of head coach Tom Ferris at John A. Logan and has earned four Top-10 finishes heading into his final spring semester with his squad.
Grote played high school golf for Curtis Grote at Christ our Rock Lutheran where he was a four-time recipient of the Athletic Integrity Award. The honor was bestowed upon the player that performs the best while displaying a Christ-like attitude.
The Hoyleton, Ill. native was named All-State as a junior and was selected to play in the Malone Cup matches in 2013 and 2014. Grote qualified for the IHSA State Championships in each of his last three seasons and placed in the Top-20 all three years.
Grote worked privately with Don Hawkins and won 12 SIGA junior events. The incoming Tiger was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing basketball and baseball along with golf. Grote served as team captain and won the integrity award his senior season in baseball and basketball. On the diamond, he holds school record for home runs, RBI, doubles, total hits and earned run average.
Grote is active in church, volunteered at the Murray Developmental Center, gave 50 hours of golf lessons as part of a high school service project and has contributed to several community outreach projects with high school.
He plans to major in Sports Psychology and become a teaching professional at a golf course after graduation.