MADISON – With so much experience coming back to the University of Wisconsin men's golf program next fall, Badgers coach Michael Burcin knows it will be tough for Cameron Frazier and Chip Savarie to crack UW's lineup.
Eventually, though, Burcin is going to come to love the depth they will bring to his program starting in the fall of 2018.
"We are excited about these two players for a variety of reasons," Burcin said. "They both come from great families who are very supportive of their sons and excited to be part of our program. Both Chip and Cameron work very hard in the classroom and academics is a priority for them. Lastly they are both capable of making immediate impacts next fall.
"We will have a lot of experienced guys returning to the lineup next fall so it will be a very competitive lineup to make and these guys will add depth and push everyone around them to improve."
Frazier is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and attends St. Xavier High School. Ranked 147th nationally in the class of 2018, he led St. Xavier to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state title last year as he earned co-medalist honors. He set the school's single-season scoring record as a junior (73.24) and won the 2016 Memorial Junior.
"We are very excited to have Cameron as part of this class," Burcin said. "He had a nice summer qualifying for several of the elite national junior events which shows he was playing at a very high level to get into those events. Cameron had the opportunity to go to a lot of Big Ten schools and other programs in our region and we think he could make an immediate impact next fall."
Savarie, a native of Winnetka, Illinois, attends Loyola Academy. As a sophomore, he won the New Trier Invitational, leading Loyola to the team victory. He also finished as the runner-up at the 2016 Illinois State Junior Amateur, losing in a sudden death playoff.
"Chip comes from a very competitive program at Loyola and the north shore of Chicago where there is a lot of depth in junior golf," Burcin said. "He battled some injuries this past year that hampered him but he is very excited to be healthy again and he had a solid fall playing for Loyola. Chip has had a lot of success regionally and we are excited that he will be a Badger as he also had numerous offers from teams in our league and the region."