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August 18, 2003

USI men’s golf adds four for 2003-04

The University of Southern Indiana men’s golf team announced the addition of four players, three of which signed national letters of intent, for the 2003-04 season. With the additions, USI and head coach Matt Scheessele will have eight new players in the fall.

Transferring to USI is junior Craig Toler (Mowcaqua, Illinois) from Parkland College in Illinois. Toler helped Parkland to a 14th place national finish in the NJCAA last year and a pair of conference championships. He also was named the Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois Player of the Year as a sophomore and was first-team All-Conference both seasons at Parkland.

Joining the team as a sophomore is Jason Pinkstaff (Huntingburg, Indiana), who has attended USI for two-years. Pinkstaff earned four letters in golf at Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana and was named All-Conference twice. He was the 2000 conference medalist and helped lead SHS to three sectional titles, four conference championships, and to the state finals in 2001.

Coming to USI from their first collegiate season is Blake Horner (Galveston, Indiana) and Justin Shuler (Terre Haute, Indiana). Shuler was named MIC All-Conference in 2001 and 2003 and was the country medalist in 2003, while lettering in basketball and golf at South Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana.

A graduate of Lewis Cass High School in Walton, Indiana, Horner was LCHS’s most valuable player in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He also was a medalist at sectionals and the MIC in junior golf.

“These players have proven their ability to succeed at the high school and junior college levels,” Scheessele explained. “Each of these players understands the demands of being a student-athlete. With hard work and dedication, these individuals will have the opportunity to be successful at USI.”

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