Waterford golfer headed to OVU

WATERFORD – How mentally tough a golfer is Brandyn Offenberger?

Very.

Waterford golf coach Josh Arnold recalled a match at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly during the season.

“I believe it was the No. 11 hole, and Brandyn started off by hitting the ball out of bounds,” Arnold said. “He then double bogied the hole.

“Well, that would be tough for a lot of kids to come back from. But not Brandyn, because he proceeded to birdie six of the next eight holes. He’s just so mentally tough, a strong golfer, and as consistent a player that I’ve ever seen.”

As talented and mentally tough a golfer as 18-year-old Offenberger is, it’s only natural that he would want to compete at the next level after graduating from Waterford this spring. On Friday, the Wildcat standout signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his education and play the game at Ohio Valley University next school semester.

“It’s close to home,” Offenberger said, “and I get to play golf there.”

Offenberger said that he will be receiving a golf scholarship.

“I’m pretty excited for Brandyn,” Arnold said. “I know he had a number of options to weigh.”

Offenberger also considered attending Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and Muskingum University.

Academically, Offenberger owns a prep 3.5 GPA. He is planning to major in business management at OVU, he said.

Ohio Valley University, located in nearby Vienna, W. Va., is an NCAA Division II school. The Fighting Scots’ men’s golf team is coached by Mike Giannamore.

“Ohio Valley University has a real good golf program, and I think Brandyn’s made a good decision,” Arnold said. “I believe he’ll hold his own – and more.”

As a prep golfer, Offenberger was one of the premiere players in the Mid-Ohio Valley. During his career, he was a Tri-Valley Conference MVP in three of his four years.

This past season, Offenberger medaled in every league match but one, Arnold said.

“He’s just a hard-working kid, who has a God-given talent,” the Waterford golf coach said. “He even hits the ball in the wintertime.”

Offenberger capped his prep career on the golf course by qualifying for the state tournament in Columbus last October. To get to state, after carding a 77, he had to win a three-hole playoff in Division 3 district play at Cumberland Trail Golf Course in Pataskala.

“I remember that I had to make a 25-foot putt to make par on the first playoff hole,” Offenberger said. “It was really exciting.”

Offenberger then birdied and parred the next two holes, respectively, to punch his ticket to state.

Offenberger is the son of Howard Jr. and Jeralynne Offenberger. He has a younger sister Ashley.

“Brandyn is just a super kid, who comes from a real good family,” Arnold said. “They’re just super people.”