ST. JOHNS – St. Johns’ Zach Rosendale and Eric Nunn have had their golf journeys intertwined since sixth grade.
And throughout that time, the longtime friends and teammates have helped prepare one another for the day their journeys would eventually unravel and go separate ways. That moment came Wednesday afternoon.
On the first day of the early signing period, Rosendale inked with Michigan State and Nunn signed with Grand Valley State Wednesday at St. Johns High School.
“We’ve seen each other at our worst and at our best on the golf course,” Nunn said. “We’ve put a lot of hard work into it together and, obviously, separate, and it’s cool to see it all pay off.”
Rosendale signed his National Letter of Intent with the Spartans nearly four years after he verbally committed as a 14-year-old. The senior said he’s always been loyal to MSU and was excited to finally make it official after all these years.
“I’m looking forward to being on a team with a lot of support,” said Rosendale, who placed fifth at the Division 2 state tournament in June. “Just being able to play for the Big Ten and represent Michigan State as a university has been a driving force. I’ve practiced really hard to get to this point.”
Nunn, who tied for the individual state title at the state tournament, verbally committed to the Lakers in early September. He said the support from the program’s coaches and players were pivotal factors in his decision.
“I really like the atmosphere at Grand Valley,” he added. “It’s a comfortable place for me to go and continue my golf career.”
Before the two seniors take off for the next stages in their careers, they have a state championship to defend. Rosendale and Nunn guided the Redwings to the Division 2 state title in June, which was the program’s first in 55 years.
Both guys are looking forward to focusing solely on defending the state title.
“We still have unfinished business,” Rosendale said. “I’ve known where I wanted to go for a while, and I know (Eric) knew that Grand Valley was the place for him.”
On their quest to repeat, both Rosendale and Nunn are setting out to capture the individual state championship. And while their friendship and encouragement of one another during their high school careers has been pivotal to their success, there’s still competition.
“It’s a friendship that is also a rivalry,” said Nunn, who tied Luke Donald’s course record at Michigan State in the Golfweek Junior Tour tournament in September. “Obviously, our goal is to win it, both of us, but that can’t happen.
“We’re just going to make each other better and give each other our best shot.”
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