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Friday, May. 24, 2019
Tristan Renaud commits to Sam Houston University Bearkats
by Randy Pascal

Quite honestly, it was never really of question about IF local golf sensation Tristan Renaud would earn an NCAA Division I scholarship. That end result was pretty much assured when the graduate of Lockerby Composite captured the Ontario Juniors in the summer of 2017.

Much more recently, the answer to the where has been unveiled.

Just a couple of months shy of his 18th birthday, the 2017 Idylwylde Invitational champion has confirmed his commitment to the Sam Houston University Bearkats for the fall of 2019. The decision ends a very busy stretch for the young man who took time to enjoy the ride.

“Going and visiting schools, and having them sell you on it was a lot of fun,” Renaud said earlier this month. “It opens your eyes. Going down and visiting schools that you've been watching on TV, for a guy like me, a fan of college football, experiencing the atmosphere, first hand, as a recruit, was really cool.”

“On the flip side of that, the part that I disliked the most was having to decide between schools. It's really tough. There were so many great spots that I've been to, but at the end of the day, you have to pick one.”

In joining the varsity team based out of Huntsville (Texas), Renaud factored in a whole variety of key considerations. “The weather there is phenomenal, all year round,” he noted. “Their coldest month averages 16 to 17 degrees (Celsius), so I will always be able to be outside, which is huge. The academics are where I need them to be.”

“The coach liked my personality, what I was all about,” Renaud added. “It really, really matched up well with his philosophy.” And though he is extremely excited at the opportunity that lies ahead, the supremely focused young golfer also benefits from a wonderfully healthy perspective on his situation.

“I've got everything in my corner,” he noted. “The coaching for the technical skill, the mental coaching – I'm still really working on that. But it's the maturity that I want to work on through college. If I come out of college and golf isn't an option, I want to be in a place where I am ready for the real world. I think that's important.”

Renaud is nothing if not conscious of grounding himself in reality. Doing some part-time work at his mother's place of employment certainly helped to keep things real. “I really have to thank my parents,” he said. “My mom works six days a week, long hours. She does that consistently and when she takes time off, it's to drive me to tournaments.”

“It's pretty special. I think I appreciate that the most.”

In return, he plans to do everything possible to help fulfill some of the family dreams. “I'm going to an area where, for the first time in my life, everybody is competing hard for the same goal,” he said. “I think that's going to be pretty cool. It should be a lot of fun being in a controlled environment with a bunch of guys that are trying to get after it.”

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