It was a difficult recruiting process for Columbus High golfer Stanton Schorr.
As the pursuit of a college scholarship went along, he placed more pressure on himself and, as a result, found himself in a situation he wouldn’t have expected.
Golf was losing its allure. And it was becoming more difficult for him to be successful.
“I was looking at bigger schools at first and nothing materialized,” Schorr said. “I started struggling, started putting pressure on myself and I just had to sit back and see how it would play out.”
Late in the game, he got a call from Mercer University coach Kirk Kayden asking if he’d like to take a visit with the Bears. Schorr took the visit, played two great courses and was convinced.
On Wednesday, he made it official, signing a letter of intent to continue his golf career at the Division-I level at Mercer.
There, despite playing in the Southern Conference, he will have the opportunity to compete against teams in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.
“I’m getting to play against the best,” he said.
That was a big selling point for Schorr.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “There are a bunch of really good Division-II and lower-tier Division-I teams, but it doesn’t get any better than the SEC and ACC when you talk about sports, and you want to beat those guys.”
Now, in his final season, Schorr is relaxed and enjoying the game again.
“It was hard because I was playing for the wrong reasons,” he said. “I was playing to get a scholarship instead of just playing to win. I’m enjoying it a lot more than I used to.”
Schorr has been named to the All-Bi-City team each of his first three years in high school and is playing on a team this season that, at its best, can contend at the state level.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “We still haven’t played our best golf. Hopefully, we can put it all together over the next couple of weeks.”
Columbus finished in third at the recent Larry Gaither Hardaway Inviational. Sectional tournaments will be held the weekend of May 4 and state tournaments the weekend of May 18.