MacMurray college has a new golf coach. Wade Mathis originally of Strasburg, is in his first year as the men and women’s golf coach. A graduate of Illinois College, Mathis played four years on the Blue Boys golf team and earned his Bachelor of Arts in management and organizational leadership while attending IC. While in college Mathis also had the opportunity to study abroad, in Scotland where he was given the opportunity to golf at the famous links at St. Andrews, the course many consider to be the home of golf.
Mathis explained his goals and discussed what he wanted to accomplish during his tenure as the head coach saying, “I want this to be a successful program and I am convinced that it can be. I want MacMurray and the Highlanders to be on the map because of the golf program.” Mathis believes his skill and knowledge will help take his golf team to the next level in terms of play. “They are good athletes, with a few corrections I am sure they will have even more success.” Mathis hopes to continue to build what other coaches have started. A few more steps will ensure that this program continues to have success and growth.
A few weeks after his September start date the MacMurray College Men’s golf team beat his alma mater. This is a tradition Mathis hopes to continue. His respect for and friendship with the Illinois College Coach, his coach, Abby Vorreyer, makes this goal something that will provide him great fun.
Mathis has been working hard to recruit strong players to MacMurray College. At this point he has been recruiting local players that live in Illinois or near the Illinois border. As his program grows Coach Mathis hopes to expand his recruiting radius. “I’m looking for golfers who love the game and are willing to put in the work. Even if you’re not the most talented prep player it’s amazing how much you can improve over the course of your college career with some solid coaching.” The Highlander Golf Team practices throughout the entire year. During the warm season they’re out at The Links of Jacksonville, and during the winter months they continue to improve by using Fitness World’s three state-of-the-art golf simulators and their 750 square foot putting green.
Hoping to pave out his own place in history at Mac, the young coach certainly has the vision and drive to make the program a success. Their spring season culminates on April 23rd and 24th with the men’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton, IL. They’ll be playing for a shot to advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship. In addition to MacMurray, Mathis is a member of the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club where he serves as the Co-Chairman of the Golf Committee. Mathis and the rest of the golf committee are working to kick off the first annual Kiwanis Memorial Youth Golf Tournament during the summer of 2018. The tournament, formerly known as the McEvers Golf Outing. The end of the McEvers Tournament led Mathis to step forward to lead this Kiwanis Club in their efforts. “I didn’t want to see a tournament this valuable go away. There are always kids that want to golf. What makes this tournament even more special is that kids play for free, so we hope we draw the attention of kids and parents who normally wouldn’t pay to enter other, expensive youth tournaments.”
Mathis is married to Lydia (Reither) and they reside in Arenzville.
Coach Mathis encourages anyone interested in the MacMurray College Golf Program to reach out to him. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is 217-690-2693