By Bill Foley
For Trey Hoagland, playing golf at Montana Tech was an offer he just couldn’t refuse.
“I can stay at home, it’s a great school for engineering, and I got a good offer to play golf,” Hoagland said. “I couldn’t pass it up.”
The Butte High senior confirmed Sunday that he recently signed to compete for the Orediggers. He plans to major in electrical engineering.
His career plan, which he has known for some time, helped Hoagland decide to golf at his hometown college rather than pursue a college baseball career. The baseball path is definitely one he could have chosen, judging by his success playing American Legion baseball.
Hoagland is the starting shortstop for the Butte Miners. He has one year of eligibility in Legion ball remaining.
Montana Tech golf coach Lee LaBreche said the signing of Hoagland was a big one for the Orediggers.
“I’m excited to get him,” LaBreche said of the three-time All-State golfer for the Bulldogs.
Hoagland placed 13th at the Class AA State tournament this past season. He placed 14th at State as a sophomore and ninth as a junior.
“The kid is just a competitor,” LaBreche said. “I bet in the next year or two he’ll be competing to be in the top 10 in the Frontier.”
What makes Hoagland’s golf career at Butte High even more impressive is that because of baseball he hardly gets the opportunity to play golf in the summer.
“I mostly play baseball until August,” Hoagland said. “Then I start getting ready for the golf season.”
That setup is just fine with Hoagland, who is also a key contributor for the Butte High basketball team.
“I think if I started playing golf at the beginning of the summer I’d get a little tired of it,” he said.
LaBreche said he is eager to see the kind of golfer Hoagland can become once his baseball and basketball careers come to an end.
“It was pretty impressive how he did that,” LaBreche said of Hoagland’s success on the golf course and the baseball diamond. “He played baseball all summer. I don’t know how much he played golf at all.”
LaBreche said Hoagland was one of several in a strong recruiting class for the Orediggers. Tech will officially announce the signing of Hoagland and a handful of other recruits in the coming weeks.
Hoagland is the second golfer in his family to sign to play golf on scholarship in college, and he might not be the last. His older sister, Hailey, is a sophomore on the University of Montana golf team.
Will Hoagland is a sophomore who also plays legion baseball and is a member of the Butte High golf team. Kodie Hoagland, another golfer in the family, is in the sixth grade. 1 comment