"My freshman year was a big year," he said. "I played in a couple of tournaments on my own and I had a great freshman season. I had a shot to make to regionals and I just fell short. That made me take notice that I had a shot to become a great player."
He was one stroke from earning a medal at states this year.
"I had a couple of bad shots at the end," he said. "The last five holes are a tough stretch on the course and I had one bad shot (on hole 13) and the course just penalizes you from coming back."
"I played a great 30 holes and the final six holes got me; it happens," he continued. "You just have to move on from there and learn from it. Hopefully it will help me in the future."
Renz had a double-bogey on the 13th hole and he had a shot at a birdie on the 14th green, but ending up three-putting on the hole.
"The biggest area the I have improved on since my freshman year was the mental aspect of the game," Renz said. "Mentally, I got really good at the fact that I could keep on playing and keeping a level head about myself and bounce back from tough breaks."
His stroke average this year was 71.4.
"Austin does very well when it comes to course management," Kanaskie said. "Rarely does he get in trouble. He manages himself from green to tee rather than tee to green."
One area that always seems to be the Achilles heel of the weekend golfer is the short game. That's not the case for Renz.
"Part of our practice regimen is practicing the short game and that's been a hallmark of Danville golf. Austin does that extremely well."