Grant Inniger This week's Quality Player of the Week
Dave Bishop | Oct 14, 2019 AT 8:43 am
Freshman Grant Inniger from the M State Men's Golf Team is this weeks Quality Player of the Week.
M State freshman Grant Inniger earned medalist honors with a two-day total of 159 (76-83) at The Jewel Golf Course in Lake City, leading the Spartans to the team title at the Region XIII National Qualifier on Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9. It is the ninth consecutive year the Spartan men have qualified for the NJCAA Division III National Men’s Golf Championship, the longest running streak in NJCAA Division III golf. The tournament will be held from June 2-5, 2020 at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, New York.
“Congrats to Grant Inniger on earning medalist honors,” said Spartan Head Coach Jason Retzlaff. “He continues to improve and took his game to another level. The quality of shots he hit consistently over the two days was very impressive. It will be fun to see him get a crack at Chautauqua in June.”
Inniger is a 2019 graduate of Barnesville High School, where he was a 3-sport athlete for the Trojans. He competed in the Minnesota Class A State Boys Golf Tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, his senior year.
“The greens were very difficult to read at this course,” said Inniger. “It was also a tough course to drive as you had to try to avoid bunkers and prairie grass on several holes, plus the wind was really strong on the second day. My putter was hot during the tournament as I only had two 3-putt greens over the two rounds.”
Inniger has been using the same putter since seventh grade and it obviously served him well during the National Qualifier. Grant is continuing a tradition his Dad, Brett Inniger, started when he played college basketball for Dave Retzlaff when M State was known as Fergus Falls Community College.
“My Dad had great success and a very positive experience here,” said Inniger. “I really didn’t have any expectations of coming to M State, but after a couple of tours of the campus I felt close to home and very comfortable. I really love it here and Coach Retzlaff trusted me to play well and be a part of his team.”
His experience at the State Boys Golf Tournament in High School, and the encouragement of his High School Golf Coach, Matt Askegaard, convinced Inniger that he could compete collegiately in his sport of choice.
“The competition at state was unbelievably good and the course was extremely difficult and challenging, and I think that experience certainly helped make me a better golfer,” said Inniger. “Coach Askegaard really helped shape me into the person I am now. My first couple of years on the high school golf team were not very good, but Coach Askegaard saw a lot of potential in me and my game kept improving.”
Inniger would like to continue playing golf after his sophomore year at M State, should the opportunity present itself. He is planning to become a physical education instructor and coach.
Born – 2001 in Fargo, ND
Height – 6’3”
Weight – 180 pounds
Mother – Holly (Zollar) Inniger (Recently inducted into
Barnesville High School Hall of Honor)
Father – Brett Inniger (Former Spartan Basketball Player and FFCC grad)
Grandfather – Erv Inniger (Former NDSU Basketball Coach and AD)
High School Sports – Football, Basketball, Golf
Favorite Meal – Spaghetti or any kind of noodles
Favorite Restaurants – Red Lobster, Noodles and Company, Olive Garden
Favorite Quote – “Seize the Day”
Bucket List – Attend a PGA tour event