With several team and personal accomplishments, golfer Kyle Slattery is a player to remember.
Slattery, a senior business administration student from Rockford, Illinois, has taken first overall in three tournaments in 2018, has been named Ohio Valley Conference golfer of the week three times, started the spring season second in the OVC with a 70.4 stroke average, and has scored 12 career rounds in the ‘60s, tying for the most in school history in the 2018-19 season.
At 21 years old, Slattery has been playing golf for 16 years and finds his favorite aspect is the difficulty the game presents.
“The challenge [is what I like most],” Slattery said. “There is always something to get better at and it’s really hard to completely master the game.”
Men’s golf head coach Derrick Brown said Slattery has good sportsmanship.
“One of the best assets [Slattery] has is his mind. He doesn’t get rattled, and he’s been like that since he was a freshman,” Brown said. “He has been ingrained with a great sense of the game [and] sportsmanship, and I think that’s one of the things that makes him really good.”
Slattery said he came to SIUE because of the coaching staff, Brown and the past assistant coach, Mitchell Homb.
“My coach being the coach he is was what really got me here,” Slattery said. “I liked the way [Brown] treated me, and I like the way he conducts qualifying and how he picks players to go to each tournament — that was really important for me.”
A regular week for Slattery involves a 7 a.m. workout Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, structured practice from 12 - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
As a busy student-athlete, Slattery enjoys spending time with his friends during his free time.
“If I’m not studying, I like to hang out with my friends,” Slattery said. “We’ve got eight guys on the team this year and all eight of us are really close, so that makes [playing together] a lot of fun as well.”
Will Starkey, a senior business management student from Adelaide, Australia, said Slattery is a good teammate.
“[Slattery] is one of my teammates, one of my good friends and just an overall a good guy to be around, and we’ve got a really good team chemistry,” Starkey said. “It’s really good to see him get rewarded for the effort he has been putting in over the last few years.”
Along with this season’s accomplishments, Slattery was named to the 2017-18 All-Ohio Valley Conference Team and scored an average of 72.83 ranks third all-time for a single season at SIUE.
Slattery finished the year with third-best scoring average in OVC and shot career lows of 68 three different times at Air Force Gene Miranda Invitational, Derek Dolenc Invitational and Loyola Intercollegiate in the 2017 – 18 season.
Brown said he is proud of all the accomplishments Slattery has made.
“[Slattery] is going to end his career probably having the most rounds played in SIUE golf history, so he has a lot of experience and this year he has really found a way to shoot low scores and win tournaments,” Brown said. “It’s not common to win three tournaments in one year, let alone one semester, so I’m proud of him.”
Slattery said he believes coming to SIUE has made him a better player.
“I’ve come a long way since my freshman year, and I picked [SIUE] because I knew that I could make a difference on the team and was hoping I could do that all four years,” Slattery said. “All the opportunities SIUE has presented to me has definitely been cool and I’ve got a lot of experience both as a player and off the course.”
Brown said he will miss Slattery’s leadership on the team next year.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of talent that he’s brought to the table, but he’s been a leader and he’s been a person that’s been able to help push the guys,” Brown said.
Overall, Brown said he believes Slattery is a good person and got his determination from his support system.
“[Slattery] is a good person, he’s well grounded, has a good and very supportive family, and I think that stuff really helps the transition to college when you have a stable family and enjoy where you are at,” Brown said.
Slattery said he is looking forward to playing his last season.
“I’m just looking forward to getting out, playing on good greens and I’m looking forward to see what we can do,” Slattery said.