Grant Brettnacher named Trine outstanding senior male athlete

May 11, 2020

BrettnacherTrine University senior men's golfer Grant Brettnacher (Lafayette, Indiana/Harrison) has been named the recipient of the Trine Robert L. Greim Award, given to the best male athlete as voted by the Thunder Athletic Department. 

Brettnacher had a standout fall season and helped lead Trine to its first MIAA Team Championship.  In addition, Brettnacher finished as the individual champion in the conference championship and averaged 72.3 strokes per round in six MIAA events.  He was tabbed the conference's "Most Valuable Golfer" as well as earning the MIAA Sportsmanship Award, becoming the first player to earn both honors in the same year in MIAA history.

Overall for the season, Brettnacher averaged 72.60 strokes per round (10 total rounds) and placed in the top-five in five of the team's seven total events. He also finished runner-up or better in four of those events. Brettnacher's season-low round of 68 came in the first round of the MIAA Fall Final. He had four rounds of par or better during the year and nine of 10 rounds below a score of 75 strokes.

To go along with his "Most Valuable Golfer" and Sportsmanship Award honors, Brettnacher earned first-team All-MIAA recognition and became a three-time All-Conference honoree in his career (earned second-team honors twice).  He was one of four Trine players to earn first-team accolades this past fall on the seven-person team.

In addition, Brettnacher earned Division III PING All-Great Lakes Region honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

"Grant has always been a positive team leader and a true gentleman on and off the course," said retired Head Men's Golf Coach Bill SanGiacomo.  "He has earned the respect of players and coaches in the MIAA for his play on the course and for his demeanor on and off the course."

Brettnacher is graduating from Trine with a degree in golf management and marketing.

Last Updated: 06/30/2020

News Information

Read More

All News
Center for Sports Studies

Trine podcast discusses coaching youth

March 2, 2023

A longtime area high school baseball coach and educator discusses the coaching profession and strategies for effectively leading youth in the newest episode of Trine University’s Center for Sports Studies podcast.

Cat Benson PGA

Benson named Indiana PGA president

March 2, 2023

Cat Benson, dean of Trine University’s Ketner School of Business and director of its golf management program, was elected the first female president of the Indiana Section PGA on Monday, Feb. 27.

Bethany Schmitt

Trine student honored at ‘Realizing the Dream’

March 1, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — Bethany Morgan Schmitt, a Trine University sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, majoring in exercise science/pre-physical therapy, was one of 29 first-generation Indiana college students named as a “Realizing the Dream” recipient by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).