LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With COVID-19 putting fall sports on the shelf this season, the Bellarmine Athletics Communication staff is using part of this time to shine the spotlight on some of the top student-athletes of the past 10 years by naming the Bellarmine All-Decade teams. The teams recognize student-athletes who competed for the Knights at least two seasons from the 2010-11 school year to the 2019-20 year. Additionally, Bellarmine fans are being asked to join in the process by casting votes for Player of the Decade. (See link at bottom of story for more information)
Today, we name the Bellarmine All-Decade Team for Men’s Golf, which consists of five players.
James Inman (2015-19)
While Inman enjoyed success throughout his four years, he was absolutely dominant at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship, and helped the Knights to the 2017 team championship. As an individual, the Louisville native won the tournament twice (2017, 2019), was runner-up in 2016 and added a fifth place finish in 2018—and he did it on three different golf courses. Those top five finishes assured him of All-GLVC accolades all four seasons, and he was named conference Freshman of the Year in the 2015-16 season.
Outside of the GLVC, Inman added three more medalist honors to his trophy case, winning twice at Otter Creek in Wisconsin-Parkside’s event and picking up a win at the Music City Regional at The Hermitage Golf Club. He capped his career by being named All-Region his senior year and recorded a hole-in-one in his last collegiate event—the 2019 NCAA Super Regional in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
A two-time GCAA All-America Scholar and Academic All-GLVC performer, Inman finished with a career stroke average of 74.7 over 101 rounds, which ranks fourth best since computer records started being kept in the 2007-08 year.
Bryan Ratterman (2009-13)
From the day he set foot on campus, Ratterman was a force to be reckoned with on the links. The Bellarmine stroke average leader all four years of his career, he earned All-America honors with his T-14 finish in the 2010 NCAA Championship Finals and also picked up GLVC Freshman of the Year accolades that season. He would go on to win All-Region and All-GLVC honors all four years, being named Academic All-GLVC and GLVC Player of the Year in his senior season.
Ratterman amassed three collegiate wins: the Transylvania Fall Invitational his freshman season as well as the GLIAC Preview and Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational his senior year. He also helped lead the Knights to two trips to the NCAA Finals competing in the 2010 and 2013 events.
Over his career, Ratterman played 108.5 rounds with a stroke average of 74.6, third best in the Bellarmine record book.
David Shearn (2009-13)
Playing alongside Ratterman throughout his career, Shearn managed to make a name for himself on the course. He earned All-Midwest Region accolades in 2012 and was recognized as All-GLVC the following year.
Shearn also claimed three individual tournament wins in his career, picking up wins his freshman, junior and senior seasons. His victory at the Parkside Invitational his junior year was punctuated by a then-school record-tying round of 64 at Otter Creek.
The Louisville native posted a career stroke average of 76.5, teeing it up 98 times as a Knight—including competing in the 2010 and 2013 NCAA National Finals.
Corey Teaford (2016-20)
An Academic All-GLVC performer all four years, Teaford became the sixth All-American in Bellarmine history after the 2020 season. Although cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic Teaford’s senior season was shaping up as a record breaker. He played the fall portion of the season with a 71.8 stroke average, which was on pace to set a new school record, and recorded a tournament victory at the Arch Cup, hosted by Maryville University.
Even without being able to “crown” his career with a senior spring season, Teaford assembled quite a collegiate golf resume. In addition to his All-America laurels, the Santa Claus, Indiana native was a 3-time All-GLVC performer and twice earned All-Region honors. He also garnered GCAA All-America Scholar accolades. Teaford also helped Bellarmine to a GLVC Championship win in 2017, when as a freshman, he secured points in both of his head-to-head matches.
Tearford’s career stroke average of 74.3 ranks second all-time at Bellarmine and includes 85 competitive rounds.
DJ Vogt (2014-18)
The Bellarmine record book is topped by the name “DJ Vogt” in a number of categories, most notably lowest career stroke average (73.9) and lowest career round (63). The Louisville native competed in back-to-back NCAA National Finals, playing as part of the team in 2016 and making the field as an individual in 2017 when he finished tied for 17th.
Vogt amassed numerous individual honors including being named All-America in 2017. He also was a three-time All-GLVC and All-Midwest Region performer. In addition, Vogt claimed a pair of medalist trophies as a collegian, winning the AMFAM Invitational as a sophomore and the Dan Salisbury Memorial his junior year. He also helped the Knights to the 2017 GLVC team championship, the school’s first since 2004.
Also very accomplished in the classroom, Vogt was named as the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He also was named a GCAA All-America Scholar and made the Academic All-GLVC list all four years.
PLAYER OF THE DECADE NOMINEES:
Half of Bellarmine’s All-Americans in men’s golf are on this All-Decade team, so those three earn Player of the Decade nominations. They are Bryan Ratterman, Corey Teaford, and DJ Vogt.
Fans, cast your vote for Player of the Decade here. NOTE: VOTING CLOSES ON OCT. 21 AT 11:59 P.M. EDT.
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