Nittany Lion Golfer Charles Huntzinger Wins Big Ten Freshman Of The Year
Based on his ridiculous scoring average alone, it looks like Penn State has collegiate golf’s next rising star on its hands. Consider that freshman Charles Huntzinger became only the third Nittany Lion to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors earlier today, that notion might become reality.
Boasting a scoring average of 71.17, Huntzinger lit up the course in his rookie campaign. The young ace led the charge all season for the Lions, and capped his season in perfect fashion with his first individual title at the Rutherford Invitational, hosted at the Penn State Golf Courses.
Huntzinger joins an elite list of past winners hailing from Penn State — one that includes Nittany Lion great Kevin Foley. Foley won the award in 2007, and went on to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2014 season after two top-10 finishes on the Web.com Tour in 2013. He played in 15 events that year, making five cuts. Foley is back competing on the Web.com, making one of three possible cuts on his season.
Huntzinger played a large role in bringing a competitive culture back to Happy Valley, and if his freshman year was any indication, there’s plenty more to look forward to down the road. If he continues his dominant form, Huntzinger may have a future on the Tour.