Tate Herrenbruck can now breathe a sigh of relief entering his senior year of golf.
The Sacred Heart product signed with the University of Kansas on Monday to continue his golf career after making a verbal commitment in April 2018 to play for the Jayhawks.
“It’s really exciting to get to go play golf in college, and have that opportunity to keep up doing sports through college,” Herrenbruck said. “It’s definitely helps to have it done, and focus more on your golf and not about recruiting and everything like that.
“I’m just really excited to be a part of a team and make that next step to college golf.”
Herrenbruck will be joining his brother, Grant, at KU. Grant is currently a redshirt freshman and did not compete during his freshman season. Tate said having Grant beside him was a big factor on why he decided to take his talents to Lawrence.
“Just having him there helped me know every one on the team and everything,” Tate said. “Just really know what the school is about and what the team is about.”
Tate has been a member of the Sacred Heart boys golf team for the past three years. As a junior, he placed second in Class 2A behind teammate Kameron Shaw. The Knights also claimed their fifth consecutive state championship, winning by 12 strokes over Yates Center.
This past summer, Tate finished second overall in the Kansas Junior Golf Association Tour’s Match and Stroke Play held in Emporia.
As a sophomore, Tate finished in a tie for second with his brother and behind teammate Cole Elmore. The Knights won the team title by 57 strokes over Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan.
As a freshman, Tate placed sixth with a 79, finishing behind his brother, who won state in 2017, and Elmore, who was third.
Now, as Tate enters his senior year, the Knights seek their sixth consecutive state championship and an individual state title.