Brookville’s (Pinecrest GC) C.G. Mercatoris, IV, Robert Morris University, and Pittsburgh’s Adam Hofmann (Fox Chapel GC), Vanderbilt University, have been named co-recipients of the Association’s Frank Fuhrer, III, Award for the area’s outstanding collegiate golfer in 2010-11.
Merecatoris, a graduating senior, was medalist in four tournaments, including the Northeast Conference Championship at the International Course/Champions Gate Golf Club, Florida. He was the NEC’s Player of the Year, and his scoring average of 72.9 for 25 rounds was the best in RMU history. His lowest score was 68 in the first round of the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational, a tournament he went on to win. He played in the NCAA Division I Regional at Colorado National GC as an individual and tied 31st.
Hofmann, a redshirt junior with another year of eligibility, won the Hummingbird Intercollegiate at CC of Saphire Valley, NC, where he shot 66 in the first round, his best of the season. Hofmann recorded four more top tens including a 3rd at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational, Aiken, SC, with 70-69-70–209. His scoring average of 73.3 for 34 rounds led the team. Hofmann played in the NCAA Division I Regional as an individual at Virginia Tech’s Pete Dye River Course and finished t-28.
Another fine performance was turned in by Hermitage’s Michael Klaric, Cleveland State, who finished the season by winning the Horizon League championship followed by an 8th in the Division 1 Regional at San Diego.
This is the second consecutive year the award was shared, with Jon Popeck, Maryland, and Rachel Rohanna, Ohio State, being the 2009-10 recipients.