Fletcher Leads Young Arizona State Team
By Alex Epp
Spencer Fletcher has separated himself from the average person in more ways than one. Not only is he an outstanding athlete on the Arizona State golf team, but he is an Eagle Scout. In 2010, only five percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.
For Fletcher, being a Boy Scout has shaped him as a person in more ways than one. He is a strong leader, has a good work ethic and has integrity and a great set of morals. Fletcher has been a leader in everything that he does, whether it was as a Boy scout, competing on the high school water polo team, as team captain of his high school golf team, or as a senior golfer at Arizona State.
When Fletcher became a Boy Scout at age 11 he learned the importance of being a strong leader, saying the skills he learned are "very important."
As Fletcher progressed through Scouts he became more confident in his leadership abilities and took on more leadership roles, eventually serving as the senior patrol leader, which is the highest position that a Scout can obtain and is responsible for running the entire troop. These experiences gave Fletcher leadership skills that he would use in the future.
"Spencer motivated fellow scouts to stick with the program follow his lead and earn scouting's highest rank, Eagle," said Jim Fletcher, Spencer's father.
While working on the requirement's for the rank of eagle Fletcher was heavily involved in his high school's athletic program. Fletcher's talent and passion for water polo got him named team captain as a sophomore and once again during his senior year.
"Water polo was always fun to play. It was a nice break from golf which is what I really wanted to play in college," said Fletcher.
Fletcher's full schedule in high school made Fletcher realize very quickly the importance of good time management.
"Boy Scouts has given me an idea on how to be productive. If I don't do anything in a day I feel like I went backwards," said Fletcher. "Scouts is a very much goal and action oriented program. Each day I would set a goal to get at least one requirement done. The end goal of course was Eagle; I always wanted to earn it."
Fletcher said that this prestigious award "is something that I am very proud of and will always have with me."
Now the lone senior Sun Devil golfer, Fletcher said that he needs to take his leadership abilities to the golf course.
"There will be seven freshmen out of the 10 members (of the team). I need to show them the right way without being pushy," Fletcher said. "I need to be the one to do the right thing both on and off the field."
Fletcher has already shown the freshmen the right way on the field by being medalist at 2011 U.S. Amateur qualifying at Richmond Country Club in August.
Even though Fletcher has had quite the career in golf and Boy Scouts, his accomplishments on and off the course were not just handed to him. Spencer said that he has worked hard for what he has been able to achieve.
"I am used to working hard because of all the responsibilities I had in high school," said Fletcher. "Working hard has given me the belief that I can do anything."
Now Fletcher is juggling classes, golf, and finishing up his degree in business management. He relates his schedule now to when he was finishing up high school. Only now he said that he has no problem with being so busy because of everything that he had going on his senior year of high school.
In addition to the seven freshmen on the team, the Sun Devils also have a new coach, Tim Mickelson.
"I expect all the freshmen to make great strides in their game, and I expect to do the same with my game," Fletcher said.
Fletcher has already made good on his word just finishing in the top-10 for the first time in his career, finishing tied for seventh at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini tournament. This was Fletcher's 14th tournament with Arizona State.
"It is always nice to have a high finish in a big tournament at the beginning of the year. Now I can use this as a springboard for the rest of the fall, and it gave me some confidence so I feel good about the upcoming tournaments," said Fletcher.