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A gentleman and a scholar; that’s how coaches and teachers describe Joe Schwartz, an Alton High senior who has had quite the golf career while with the Redbirds.
Schwartz said he will attend the University of Illinois next year to study accounting, and although he won’t be playing golf at the college level, Redbird coach Mike Hudock believes he’s good enough too.
“Joe is probably the best golfer to come out of Alton High School,” Hudock said. “He has the grades to succeed academically and the skills on the green to succeed athletically. He’ll go far. ”
Schwartz has a perfect grade-point average to go along with his hard work and stellar career while with the Redbird’s golf team.
This season he had a 36.8 stroke average for 9 holes and 76.9 stroke averages for 18 holes. He was a first-team all-Southwestern Conference selection in a league that boasts some pretty good golfers. He was also first-team all-Southwestern Conference his junior year and second-team all-conference his freshman and sophomore years.
Schwartz shot a five-under-par 67 to win the Southwestern Conference Tournament at Belk Park Golf Course. Schwartz had three consecutive wins in dual matches with a scoring average of 36, and he fired a 73 to finish third in the Dick Gerber Invitational at Oak Brook Golf Course.
Schwartz has an 18-hole scoring average of 76.1 for the 10 tournaments he has played in and a 36.9 scoring average for nine dual matches.
The Redbirds’ conference record was 5-2 and the only two teams to beat them were Edwardsville and O’Fallon, leaving them with a 7-2 record overall. The Redbirds finished second to Edwardsville in the dual match conference standings and third in the SWC Tournament. The Tigers won the tourney and the overall league title.
Schwartz is described as being very mature on and off the golf course; something his coach believes is not always the case when dealing with competitive high school athletes.
“He’s very adult,” Hudock said. “Other players and coaches look up to him because of how he handles himself on and off the golf course. ”
He set a Southwestern Conference Tournament record this year by shooting a 67, as well as scoring big at tournaments in Quincy, Matoon and Illinois State.
In September he shot a 1-under-par 35 at the Lockhaven Country Club Course as the Redbirds defeated crosstown rival Marquette Catholic and Metro East Lutheran of Edwardsville.
His impressive scores and good attitude on the golf course
throughout high school have given him a good name among players and coaches alike.
But his hard work in the classroom has helped him get into one of the top accounting programs in the country: the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Business
“Joe has had as good of a four-year career as anybody in our conference,” Hudock said. “He’s a gentleman on the golf course and he has led our team by example.”