Mitch Mercer: On Par for Success
Mix one part college life with two parts leadership and maturity. Throw in a pinch of travel and plenty of friends. Stir it all up with a 9-iron, and you have Susquehanna men’s golf captain, Mitch Mercer ’10.
Mercer, an NCAA Division III PING All American during the 2008–09 season, started golfing at age 13 with his father and brother, and stuck with the sport long enough to become a star at Pine-Richland High School in his hometown of Wexford, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh.
From high school, Mercer initially looked at Susquehanna knowing that the daughter of a family friend had attended the university. From there, he filled out a recruiting questionnaire on the Athletics Web site, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“Coach [Don Harnum] was great, and I really liked the campus and the golf program,” says Mercer. “I knew the team had played in the national championships a bunch in the past and had a history of success there.”
Mercer has carried on that history of success by earning All-America honors last season, although he didn’t play until the spring semester. He spent the fall semester studying abroad in the Sigmund Weis School of Business’ London Program. He also was selected in his junior year to represent SU at the prestigious NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Mercer says Susquehanna’s golf team is all about “friends, competition and learning,” and his collegiate experience has been enhanced by the people he has met and the places the team has traveled to together.
During the fall 2009–10 season, Mercer competed in eight rounds, racking up an average of 72.38 strokes, including a career low-tying, 69-stroke performance on the second day of the first round of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference championships. That feat earned him the Empire 8 Player of the Week award, one of four straight that fall.
The 69 allowed Mercer to sit in first place heading into the second round in April. As a team, SU currently ranks second in the conference championships in just its first season.
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Robert E. Healy III, director of athletics communications, and Kelly Stemcosky ‘11, a communications major from Wellsboro, Pa.