Her "ideal school" was one based in the Midwest and "not too far" from her home in Franklin, offering a "small to mid-sized" student population with a strong women's golf program and solid academics (and, ideally, her Forensic Science major).
Fox6 feature on Mallory Swartz
In other words, Bowling Green State University in Ohio had Mallory Swartz's fingerprints all over it.
"BGSU is great because it offers everything I ever wanted in a college," the rising senior at Franklin wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.golf, saying her passion for music — she is the drummer in the band "Screaming in the Cul de Sac" — was also a factor in deciding last week to play college golf for the Falcons.
"The school is ranked one of the best college towns and is located near many big cities so I can continue to play music when I'm away from home. The visit truly reiterated how good of a fit Bowling Green is for me after I was able to see the quality of the indoor facilities and two country clubs near campus (where) we practice. Coach (Stephanie) Young did absolutely everything to make sure my visit was worthwhile by showing my family and me around the campus and community to make sure I was comfortable with everything."
Swartz, a two-time WIAA Division 1 state qualifier who tied for sixth at last year's tournament, said she was also considering Butler, Dayton, UW-Green Bay and Loyola-Chicago. Bowling Green coach Stephanie Young was able to watch Swartz play at the recent WPGA Junior Championship, where she tied for third.
Her showing at Brown Deer Park and Dretzka Park golf courses in Milwaukee was part of what has been a sizzling start to Swartz's summer. She finished second to Green Bay's Jo Baranczyk at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational, tied for fourth at the Wisconsin State Women's Open at Stevens Point CC and, just this week, won the Wisconsin qualifier for the upcoming AJGA Future Legends Tournament.
Although Bowling Green has never finished higher than sixth in the Mid-American Conference, its eighth-place showing this spring was just five strokes out of the top four. In addition, the Falcons broke the 36-hole school scoring record (592) at the Eastern Michigan Invitational last fall and four of the five returning golfers in the 2018-19 lineup showed statistical improvement, three of them for the second or third year in a row.
"The golf program in place is strong with many girls averaging in the 70s and always improving season-after-season," Swartz wrote. "The goal at BGSU is to compete for a MAC Championship in a tough conference that includes (10th-ranked) Kent State. I know Coach Young is all about making the team stronger every year, recruiting talented players.
"She helps contribute to this goal with creating structured practices and making sure everyone is putting in the time during the off-season. This coaching style is very similar to my high school experience so I'm already used to working hard and always striving to improve. My goal is to come in and compete right away and try to earn a spot as one of the top five players."
Academically, Swartz hopes to one day be a forensic DNA analyst. While describing the Forensic Science program at BGSU as "up-and-coming," she likes its small class sizes and the fact that there is an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation on the campus, offering resources and collaboration with the school's program.
"BGSU really stuck out to me because it has a strong golf program and was one of only two schools on my list to have my major," Swartz wrote. "After visiting the school and talking to Coach Young, I got the feeling that I knew I'd be very comfortable calling this place my home for the next four years."