January 18, 2017

CARTERVILLE — At 6’6” and 215 pounds, Hunter York appears to be a powerful athlete. It might just be surprising to learn which sport he plays.

York is a golfer, a sport not often known for athletes of York’s stature.

But York, who is in his sophomore year at John A. Logan College, has stood head and shoulders — both physically and figuratively speaking — above most junior college players across the nation. According to golfstat.com, he is the number 11 juco ‘Player to Watch’ in the country.

His notoriety and success at the community college level, which included winning a Division 1 event at UT-Martin, caught the eye of Salukis Head Golf Coach Justin Fetcho. York then recently signed a letter of intent to play at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

“Proving that he can already compete at the Division 1 level, by winning the tournament at UT-Martin, he’s going to feel comfortable right out the gate with us,” Fetcho said.

York has played the past two years under John A. Logan College Head Golf Coach Tom Ferris. Fetcho was also a premiere player at John A. Logan College, playing for Ferris.

“That’s another reason I think Hunter is going to make almost a seamless transition to Saluki golf,” Fetcho said. “He’s been a part of a tremendous golf program already, led by Coach Ferris.”

Ferris said he believes York, by continuing he career at SIUC and playing for Fetcho, “can be a dominate (Division 1) player.” He said York is a “very powerful player with a tremendous drive and a short game that continually improves.”

A native of Decatur, York won the Illinois Class 1A state high school championship as a senior in 2014. During his freshman year at JALC last year, plus the fall campaign this season, he has won four tournaments, including a Division I event hosted by UT-Martin on Oct. 3-4, in which he finished 6-under par. Last spring, he was named to the Ping All-District team.

"We are so excited to add a player of Hunter's caliber to our program," Fetcho said. "Hunter possesses all of the characteristics and tools that we look for. He is tall, athletic and hits the ball long off the tee, which plays to his advantage. It is not often you get to add a player with his athleticism and experience, and we couldn't be more excited that he wants to be a Saluki.”