Men's Golf's Schultz juggles the numbers on and off the course
For Kevin Schultz, a two-time member of the Big 12 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, numbers are his life.
As a senior on the Men’s Golf team, he aims to keep his numbers low as the Longhorns play this fall, readying for the Big 12 Conference regular season.
Schultz tied for 15th in the Olympia Fields Fighting Illini Invitational -- the third-best result among the Longhorns -- outside of Chicago last month.
And as a finance major, Schultz readies for a post-golf career in business management. He interned at a bank last summer.
“I might do something in the stock market, something international,” he said. “That interests me.”
Success on both sides of Schultz’ life is why the Richardson Berkner High School graduate was selected as the Male Student-Athlete of the Month for November.
“That means a lot,” said Schultz, who explained that he learned of the honor when his cousin, also an UT student, sent him a text message.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said.
As is what Schultz has done in his three-plus years at UT.
His work off the course has impressed Leroy Sutherland, who is Schultz’ academic counselor.
"He’ll graduate in four years," Sutherland began. “He has had a 3.0 GPA or higher each semester he has been at Texas. And in addition to his selection to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, he also has been a member of the UT Athletics Director’s Honor Roll.”
Schultz admits it is hard to believe that his time at Texas is almost done.
“It does go by quickly, as everyone tells you when you get started,” Schultz said. “It seems as though it was yesterday that I was walking into the dorms for the first time.”
It also seems as though is was yesterday the first time Schultz was introduced to Dr. Randa Ryan, senior associate athletics director for student services, and her staff.
“When I got here, there was mandatory study hall, as well as tutors available to all of the student-athletes,” Schultz said. “They helped me manage my time well, which is what I need, especially since no team at Texas is gone more than the golf team.
“You learn that even when you play 36 holes of golf in the first round and you are tired, you must come back to the hotel room and study.”
While not waxing philosophical, Schultz shakes his head knowing he has only one semester left at UT.
“I’ve enjoyed Texas, but it is time to move on,” he said. “It’s time to get started on the rest of my life.”
Schultz said he would play as an amateur this summer and then turn pro next fall, giving the PGA Tour a try.
“If that doesn’t work,” he said. “I’ve got my degree from The University of Texas to fall back on and that’s why doing well in school is so important.”