EXETER – Wyoming Area golfer Nik Athmann has committed to accept an academic scholarship and play NCAA Division II golf at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Athmann, who was also accepted at Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, was recruited as a golfer by Arcadia University and some out-of-state schools. The academic scholarship, however, helped finalize his plans to pursue a pre-med path as either a biology or chemistry major at the University of Sciences.
“To get to med school, that’s the goal,” Athmann said following a college signing ceremony at the school April 7.
Athmann’s goal of playing college golf came together when he moved up through the Warriors lineup during his high school career.
A two-time District 2 individual qualifier, Athmann led Wyoming Area’s improvement to the .500 level and a second-place finish in Class 3A-1 Division of the Wyoming Valley Conference as a senior.
After playing in the third foursome, for the fifth and sixth players on each team, as a sophomore, Ahmann moved up to the second foursome (third and fourth) as a junior and played in the lead foursome with top players as a senior.
“I always thought I had the potential to play in college, but 10th and 11th grade year, I wasn’t as good yet,” Athmann said. “ I just kept working at it and it kind of all came together.”
Athmann, who plays as a member at Emanon Country Club in Falls in the summer and also has had plenty of chances to play Fox Hill Country Club as a Warrior, hopes to continue working on his short game before starting his college career.
University of the Sciences is expanding its fall schedule and plays golf in both the fall and spring. Its home matches are at the ACE Club in Philadelphia.