PDT Sports Contributor
Mitchell McFarland officially signed with the Akron Zips Wednesday, extending his illustrious golfing career to the collegiate level. McFarland had been verbally committed to Akron for about a year, deciding to pass on many other interested college programs. At the time he verbally committed he was the number one ranked Junior in the state according to Golfweek.
“It’s really exciting to sign with Akron,” McFarland said. “I did have a lot of other choices. But I like Akron, I like the coach, David Trainor, and I’m really excited to go play college golf. For me, it ended up being between Xavier, Cincinnati and Akron. Akron’s facilities, their coach, their schedule and their campus are great. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the program.”
Other schools were also interested in Mitchell as well; Ohio State, Michigan, Toledo, Illinois, and Virginia Tech among others. A major draw of Akron for McFarland was possibility at playing at Firestone Country Club which hosts the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championship Bridgestone Classic every year.
Mitchell won four straight Player of the Year awards within the SOC II throughout his high school career as well as being named first team all Ohio Southeast District. He holds the Wheelersburg High School records for a nine hold score (28) and an eighteen hole score (67). He recorded 52 low medalist wins in his four years as at Wheelersburg as well.
“I would like to thank my parents, God, Bob Swards, Jerry Evans, the Elks Country Club and the rest of my family, friends, and classmates that have supported me throughout my journey,” said Mitchell.
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