Robert E. Lee seniors Austin King and Luke Fauss have played golf together since they were 12 at junior tournaments; and most recently as members of the Red Raiders varsity team.
So it was only fitting for King and Fauss to make their college announcement together with King committing to Western Kentucky University and Fauss joining Tyler Junior College.
The two friends made it official Wednesday at the Suddenlink Communications Field House at Lee High School.
“We did all of the hard work and now it has paid odd; (Austin and I) were at the golf course it seemed every day till dark,” said Fauss, who is the first Lee golfer to join the Apaches since 2005 (Luke Loggins). “He knows my golf game like the back of his hand and I know his the same. It’s awesome we’ve been able to go through this thing together.”
King was a member of Lee’s 2010 golf team which qualified for the state tournament. This past season, King finished as District 11-5A runner-up and has been a regular fixture on the Lee A golf team.
King said it came down to Ole Miss and Western Kentucky as his top two college choices.
“I’ve got a lot of family (in Kentucky) so I’ve visited (WKU) a lot,” said King, who is receiving a full academic scholarship. “My parents went to Ole Miss and I knew that even if I didn’t get to play golf I was going to go to Western or Ole Miss.
“Once golf worked out at Western, I knew that is where I wanted to be.”
The Hilltoppers finished 10th at the Sun Belt Conference Golf Championships in April. WKU coach Phil Hatchett stayed in contact with King during the recruiting process, which influenced his decision to choose the Hilltoppers.
“They’d actually never had a full-time golf coach and (Hatchett) just finished his second year though and played golf at Western,” King said. “He’s raised a lot of money and already (improving things) for the players, so it’s getting good.”
Fauss, who works at Hollytree Country Club, likes his job, enjoys being able to eat a home-cooked meal and loves his church family.
Choosing TJC allows Fauss to keep all of the above.
“That was really it. I wanted to stay home. College golf is something that I wanted to pursue, but staying home was important to me,” said Fauss, who finished third at the district golf tournament. “I like my job and staying active with my church; this gives me a chance to do that and continue the golf career.”
The Apaches finished second this past week at the NJCAA Division II men’s tournament.
Lee coach John Taylor said both schools will be receiving very talented golfers and good student athletes.
“They have been a tremendous part of this program,” Taylor said. “They are great kids, great work ethics, hard working and they are very competitive. I see them doing very well in college and this program will miss them a great deal.”