The Eastern Men’s Golf Team is celebrating one of it’s most successful seasons in recent memory. This Friday senior Ben Bryant will tee off in the Golf State tournament representing the Eagles. After a long drought at the state tournament the team is represented for the second year in a row as Ben follows last year’s standout Josh Crabtree.
Throughout the season Ben has helped lead the team to great success. They team finished second in two of their tournaments and third in another tournament. They have also won 3 of their matches. Individually, Hunter Groves came in fourth place in the JCPS Championship and Ben Bryant tied for second in the JCPS Championship. The team faced the state’s best teams at regionals where they finished 5th. Bryant and Gabe Rameriz shot a 73 to tie for the final individual spot for the state tournament. The teammates faced off against one another in a sudden death playoff to see who would receive that coveted spot at state. After a 3 hour fog delay the boys finally teed off. On the first hole of the playoff Ben ended up making birdie while Gabe made par advancing Ben to state.
The state tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday. Best of luck to Ben Bryant!
The Golf Team is led by Coach White who is highlighted below.
Q: What’s your name?
A: Danny White
Q: What sport do you coach?
A: Boys Golf
Q: How long have you been at Eastern?
A: 4 Years
Q: How long have you been coaching?
A: 14 Years
Q: What is your favorite part of coaching?
A: I love seeing golfers make big improvements in their game from the time they are a freshman to a senior.
Q: How did you get into coaching?
A: I loved the game of golf and when I was 22 and wanted to give back. I asked my dad (who was an athletic director at the time) to ask around if Ballard, Male, Eastern, or Manual had an opening for a golf coach. Male coach had just resigned.
Q: Is there anyone you have made your coaching style like?
A: My dad
Q: What’s your favorite moment as a coach?
A: Qualifying for state as a team in 2008.
Q: If you weren’t coaching what do you think you’d be doing with the time?
A: I’d probably be playing competitive golf.
Q: What about your sport do you love the most?
A: I love that you are trying to hit a round ball, swinging a club 120 mph with a flat face attached to a stick. Golf isn’t easy to conquer.
Q: What about your sport do you dislike the most?
A: It takes time: To be good at it, you have to have time to practice, play, and perfect your game. As a teacher/student you don’t necessarily have the time it takes to be great at the game.
Q: What other sport have you or would like to coach?
A: My dad was a football coach and I would have loved to have followed in footsteps. I didn’t play football in high school after suffering numerous concussions in middle school football.