It's really none of our business why Austin Georger chose Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, as the place to play his college golf.
But who knows? One day he might be the kind of investment adviser that would give us reason to make it our business. And then we'll be glad he did.
The Appleton West senior, who has a strong interest in the stock market, was drawn to the NCAA Division III school by its strong business program, not to mention its 2017 national championship. But once Georger began talking bull markets and bear markets with one of the Tigers coaches, he quickly got the idea that spending the next four years on Ward Street in West Central Ohio might help him gain a better understanding of what makes Wall Street tick.
"One of the coaches, Alan Watson, had extensive knowledge in the business world and (about) the stock market," Georger wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "We often talked about the stock market and how COVID would impact it during our FaceTime chats in the summer. So, having a mentor to learn from in life (and) not just golf was a huge bonus and a reason I chose Wittenberg over Rhodes College or a bigger school and (playing) club golf."
In choosing one traditional NCAA Division III power over another, Georger went with the school that showed interest in him early and often.
"I just sent out a bunch of emails to a bunch of schools I was interested in academically and that had a solid golf team," Georger wrote. "These were to all divisions and only a few schools returned emails and showed initial interest. Wittenberg was the first school to send an email back and they wanted to have a FaceTime with me right away, so I knew they were interested."
Rhodes, located in Memphis, Tenn., also reached out to Georger, whose 6-foot-4 frame gets people's attention but perhaps overshadowed his exceptional summer on the Wisconsin PGA Junior Tour.
Georger, who was ranked No. 12 in last year's Wisconsin.Golf ranking of the state's boys Class of 2021, lost his junior season at Appleton West to COVID-19, but then finished 10th in the WPGA Junior Tour points standings. He turned heads with a third-place showing at The Dells Junior Championship (72-78) and a ninth-place finish at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational and showed great promise with top-30 showings at the WPGA Junior Championship (T27) and the Wisconsin State Golf Association Junior Boys Chamiponship (T18).
"I see myself as a potential starter next year on the team," wrote Georger, who won the last of his 18 starts in WPGA Junior points events this past summer when he shot 68 at Horseshoe Bay Country Club in Egg Harbor to win the one-day event by two strokes over rising freshman Aiden Cudney of Kimberly.
"I'm going to have to work very hard to achieve this, but I love having that challenge," Georger continued. "It's a great team and the coaches are trying to stack it up with great players to win a national championship. It's a great feeling and culture to have 12 guys who are always competing for spots and pushing each other to be better. You really must work hard to play on this team (and) your spot on the team is never safe. To me, this is the kind of culture a school needs to win a (national) championship. I love competing; it drives me to be better and I'm sure after I miss the tournament one week I'm going to be even better (and) work even harder to qualify the next week."
Georger, however, was quick to note that not everything about Wittenberg was as cut-throat as trying to earn a spot in the starting lineup on the golf team.
"When I took my visit, the tour was a little odd because of COVID, but I could tell they tried to make it the best they could despite this," Georger wrote of the private liberal arts school that boasts an enrollment of 1,400 students from 37 states and 30 countries. "Everyone I saw on the tour — either students or teachers — always smiled and waved at me. It just gave you a great, warm feeling being on the campus. When I got to our home course (Springfield CC), the whole team was there to meet me and answer any questions I had.
"I left knowing it was going to be my home for the next four years. The coaches just did such a good job of making me feel at home and making me feel wanted by the program. ... You just get the feeling the school and coaches support the team so much and you're always going to be taken care of."