“Drew is…

an absolute instructor/coach’s dream with which to work for the past two years. He is by far the most gifted golfer/athlete that I’ve ever had the pleasure with which to work.  His swing is very natural, which makes it easy for me to coach.  We have worked hard over the last year  on his mental approach to high level tournament golf, his short game, and his course management.   Some of the things that Drew and I have worked on are things that a young player may not necessarily  want to hear. He has seamlessly adapted and implemented these things into his game.  This kid’s upside is huge – the sky is the limit.  In my opinion, his commitment level, work ethic, practice  routine, and heart make him an outstanding recruit for any top level college program.  To take it one step further, I believe he has the ability to play on the PGA Tour someday.  I can’t say enough good things  about him as a player, but more importantly as a person.”

– Mark Labiak

PGA Head Golf Professional, Ruth Lake Country Club,Vice-President, Illinois PGA Section


” Drew Shepherd is a leader who exhibits a strong work ethic both in the class room, on the court and on   the course.   Drew has been an enthusiastic participant in multiple sports (golf and basketball), as well as  various service projects during his enrollment at Hinsdale Central High School. I have had the pleasure of  coaching Drew in basketball for three years. Day in and day out, Drew exemplifies all of the traits a coach wants in his players. These traits include dedication, hard work, concentration, leadership, and  teamwork. In all of his sports and activities, he is dependable, poised, and always friendly. As an individual, I find Drew to be a young man of high moral standards and a strong work ethic. His  value system is never in question and he exemplifies leadership, maturity, and poise well beyond his  years. Drew is articulate, respectful, and displays a refreshing sense of humor. I believe him to be an  excellent role model for all of our younger students.”

– Nick Latorre

Business Department Teacher, Head Basketball Coach


” Drew Shepherd is an outstanding competitor and teammate.  He has proven that he can play  golf at a high level.  As a teammate, Drew works well with the team in practice and at  competitions. He competes intensely as an individual and contributes to the team’s success at  the same time. We have a team mantra to keep your head up, your chest out and demonstrate good character,  behavior and sportsmanship. No matter whether he plays well or struggles, Drew demonstrates  and adheres to all of the above. He shows leadership and sportsmanship as he interacts and  competes with his teammates and with competitors from other schools.  Drew is a pleasure to  have on the golf team and to know as a person.”

– Jess Krueger

Head Boy’s Golf Coach, Hinsdale Central High School