Similar to the newness of the morning dew on a freshly cut putting green, Johnson University has started a golf team that widens the fairway of the athletic program.
More than 20 undergraduate students have expressed interest in starting a golf team, a lot more than was expected, said Ken Underwood, Johnson University’s Athletic Director and Men’s Soccer Coach.
“The unexpected amount of interest from students along with support from the Administration and Trustees was the determining factor for starting the golf team,” Underwood said.
Spenser Proctor, a 2012 graduate of JU, was asked to be the team’s new head coach, due to what Underwood described as his “institutional fit and desire to serve”.
“I had spoken to Ken about the possibility of helping with the golf team for quite a while before it became a reality,” Procter said. “When I was a student here, there was always talks of getting together to play but there never really was enough interest to have an official team.”
There was so much interest that Proctor is having to look at holding tryouts.
“Now we can only keep eight players,” he said. “Although everyone who showed interest has not tried out we will have to cut two players for this semester.”
Kalab Smith, a Johnson University Sophomore, and potential golf team member, is optimistic for the team.
“When I originally applied for Johnson my intention was not athletics, but I had always wanted to be a college athlete,” he said. “I was discouraged when I found out that Johnson doesn’t have a golf team but I’m so pumped that I may finally be a college athlete.”
Students are excited to represent their faith as a part of the team.
“I feel like golf is a sport that I can play and give glory to God while I’m playing,” said Kenneth Lane, a potential golf team member. “Win or lose, we are going to be a team, we are just some normal guys enjoying a hobby together.”
The team members are also excited to grow along side one another. Grow as leaders, brothers and epically as Christians.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to grow in your game and grow in your spiritual life, I would recommend joining to anyone,” said Smith.
Johnson University’s Athletic department made funds available to have an organized golf team as part of the athletic program. Many undergraduate students have shown interest.
Officials at Johnson University have established an arrangement with Creekside Plantation golf course in Seymour, Tn. The arrangement allows the golf team to play three rounds of 18 holes for practice three times a week and unlimited rage balls for all members of the team.
“I hope to build a foundation of excellence as we all learn together what it looks like to run a successful golf program.” Proctor said. “As we take baby steps into that success we will compete a few times each semester and set high standards along the way. Most importantly, we will set out to grow each man involved in the team into a man of God.”