Nov. 18, 2009
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's golf team announced its lone National Letter of Intent today, as the Huskies will add Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North) to their 2010 roster, marking first-year head coach Tom Porten's first recruit at Northern Illinois.
"We are very excited to welcome Shawn into the Huskie Golf Program," said Porten. "He is a very intelligent young man, both in the classroom and on the golf course. His course management skills and solid short game fundamentals are what separate him from the rest of his class. We are pleased Shawn chose NIU and look forward to his development as a core player in our program."
Foley is a three-year varsity letterwinner at Waukesha North High School with his spring senior season yet to come. He has posted his team's lowest round in every season, and in each of the past two seasons, he has been named team captain and MVP. As a freshman, Foley was the team's Rookie of the Year, earned third team all-conference and all-state honorable mention recognition and helped WNHS take third at regionals. In his sophomore season, he helped WNHS take a conference medal and was a second team all-conference performer in addition to garnering all-state honorable mention. As a junior, he led WNHS to a pair of conference medals and a sixth-place finish in sectionals, and was selected to the all-conference first team and third team all-state.
Additionally, Foley was a semifinalist at the 2008 Junior Masters and is a two-time champion of the Wisconsin Players Tour Invitational with five junior tournament wins. In two recent national events, he finished in the top 20 at the AJGA W. Duncan McMillen Classic and won the FCWT event at Notre Dame in a five-hole playoff, and has three other top 10 finishes in FCWT events.
The Pewaukee, Wis. native is also a great student, as he owns a 4.1 GPA at WNHS. He is a three-time scholar athlete and has made high honor roll in every semester. He intends to major in actuarial science at Northern Illinois.
Foley is the son of Dave, who golfed at Pan American University and Mississippi from 1984-88, and Marie Foley.