After an illustrious golf career at St. Mary’s of Lynn High School and a USGA Junior Championship appearance, Aidan Emmerich of Kernwood Country Club is heading to the Big Ten.
The Swampscott resident and recent Hillview Country Club course record holder (61) will likely be the only freshman to try for a veteran Spartans team this September in East Lansing, Michigan.
Coach Casey Lubahn’s roster for next fall will include two seniors, one junior and two sophomores, with the exception of senior graduate James Piot, who won the US Amateur last August at Oakmont.
“They have an established program with an established coach,” said Emmerich, the youngest of three golfing brothers. Older brother Christian plays for Holy Cross and Max played for McDaniel College and Salem State. The trio qualified for the Massachusetts Open last year.
“I’m very excited to go. I love the coach, the golf courses, their indoor golf facilities and the challenge he gave me trying to make the team,” added Aidan. “I like the idea of competing in the Big Ten. Also, Michigan State’s program is up.
The Spartans were ranked No. 30 and No. 31 in both national rankings at the end of the fall campaign. Only the Northwest and Illinois ranked higher among Big Ten programs.
Michigan State has two home courses, Forest Akers East and Forest Akers West, similar to what Ohio State offers its teams, the Scarlet (championship) and Gray courses.
It only took a one-day visit last fall to East Lansing to convince Emmerich of the school and the program.
“That day was special,” Aidan said. “When it was over, I felt like I had found a new home. It’s also a special place for me because my uncle (Thomas Emmerich) and his family live five minutes from campus, and my cousins attend Michigan State.