Senior golf standout Johnny Roder announced this week his intention to continue his academic and golf career at University of Indianapolis beginning in the fall of 2018.
“I am really excited to be a part of this program because I think I can help contribute a lot to the team. The atmosphere at UIndy is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Everyone around you wants to get better, which is where the competitive aspect comes into play. It’ll be a big transition, but I’m up for the challenge,” Roder said.
Roder established himself as one of the top golfers on the Northwest Indiana prep scene in 2017.
As a junior, his nine-hole average checked in at 39.44, while his 18-hole mean was 78.66. His game took a big step forward over the summer as he competed against top players in the state. Roder shaved a full stroke off his 18-hole average (77.61) while securing six top-ten finishes in 11 events.
His long list of accolades includes first-place finishes at both the 2017 Greater South Shore Championship and the IHSAA Laporte Sectional. He recorded a podium finish at the Rock Hollow Junior, tying for third place. The lefty-swinging senior also tallied a sixth-place result at the Age Group Championship.
Roder, who owns a 4.00 GPA in the classroom, received rave reviews from current head golf coach Jordan Gallas.
“I could not be happier for Johnny and his family. This was his goal from day one and he is ready for this opportunity. (Johnny) has put in a ton of time and effort and this is just the beginning for him. I truly believe his best golf is yet to come. UIndy is getting someone who will impact the team both on the course and in the classroom,” Gallas said.
As an educational institution, University of Indianapolis was ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best Colleges 2017” for regional Midwest universities. It offers over 100 undergraduate degree programs, 37 master’s degree programs, and six doctoral programs. On the links, the Greyhounds compete as members of NCAA Division II and have enjoyed a long-standing tradition of success in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). The program has made 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.