Boys golf success


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(Left to right) Junior Davis Croman, sophomore Isaac Bloom, and senior Keifer Hamilton

Alex Ebeling, Staff Reporter

The boy’s golf team had three individuals qualify for the District-level competition. These three student athletes were senior Keifer Hamilton, junior Davis Corman, and sophomore Isaak Bloom. The three District contenders were led by Coach and BAHS science teacher Mr. Kevin Harman. 

The sectional match was held on September 23. The team was fairly confident going into the match. Senior Keifer Hamilton was well prepared for his match. 

 “We practiced putting a lot because that course has tough greens, and I played 3 rounds there prior for practice going into it so I felt more comfortable playing there,” he said.

The morning of the game, there happened to be a huge rain storm coming through. This affected each golfer in a different way.

 “Because of all the rain, they were not able to cut the greens. Which made it very slow and hard to putt, which was the main killer of my round,” said Isaak

Isaak stated that the rain also “made it easier to stick it close to the hole” and he felt that he did not have to worry about the ball flying too far across the green.  

“The ball didn’t go as far as they usually do, but it let me hit from a yardage that I feel comfortable hitting from,” Isaak said.

Throughout the day, the golfers made some memories that will last for a lifetime. For Isaak his favorite memory was, “Having an incredible par save from underneath a tree, hitting the ball to 3 feet, and one putting for par.”

Nearing the end of the match, junior Davis Corman remembers a stressful moment. 

“I had about a seven-foot putt to make the cut on hole 18, and was shaking over the ball. I ended up making it but it was by far one of the most stressful moments of my life,” he said.

Even with this stressful experience, three golfers from the Bellefonte Golf team qualified for Districts. Mr. Harman was excited for his student athletes. 

“I can say what a privilege it is to work with the boy’s golf team. These three are all great young men who have a wonderful balance between working hard and focusing when needed and having fun while doing it.  I have had parents from other schools comment on how impressed they are with our players and I can’t be prouder of them,” Mr. Harman said.

This has been an achievement for the team and a personal accolade for Mr. Harman. 

 “In the past 10 seasons as boys golf coach I have had a total of 3 players qualify for Districts and never more than 1 at a time. So having 3 qualifiers this year was remarkable and it made for a great experience for the 3 of them to go through it together,” he said.

Mr. Harman was excited to see three players qualify. 

“ In our division, it is very challenging to qualify for Districts, only the top 10 (and ties) at the sectional tournament qualify and there are a large number of really good teams in our division. The significance to me for our team to get 3 players to qualify shows the great work ethic and effort that the boys put in over the summer.  It isn’t at all about me, but about all of the hard work and long hours the players put in and I’m elated they got to reap the rewards for their work,” Mr. Harman said.