GNTC Bob­cats sign Trion’s Noah Hank­ins

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

Most col­lege ath­letes don’t get to know their coaches un­til the re­cruit­ing process be­gins.

That won’t be the case for Noah Hank­ins.

The Trion High School se­nior golfer signed a let­ter of in­tent to play for the Bob­cats of Ge­or­gia North­west­ern last Tues­day morn­ing, putting a smile on the face of Bob­cats’ head coach Ed­die Jack­son.

“Noah is a young man that I’ve been work­ing with since he was about 10 years old,” the vet­eran LaFayette club pro ex­plained. “Of course, I had no idea at that time that I would be coach­ing golf (at Ge­or­gia North­west­ern).”

Hank­ins also said he was thrilled to know he would be play­ing for a man who helped him get to this point in his ca­reer.

“He’s taught me ev­ery­thing,” Hank­ins said. “It’s amaz­ing to know that he’s go­ing from my teacher to be­ing my coach. It’s kind of crazy. I never thought when I started (play­ing) golf about 10 years ago that this is where I would be. I al­ways thought I would end up be­ing a foot­ball player or a wrestler, but I found some­thing I re­ally en­joy do­ing. I’ve loved ev­ery sec­ond of it.”

Hank­ins shot 80 at the Class 1A Pub­lic School state tour­na­ment as a fresh­man to place fifth over­all, while the Bull­dogs ran away to win the team ti­tle. He carded an 84 as a sopho­more as the Bull­dogs re­peated as state champs. This past sea­son, he tied for 12th over­all with an 81 as Trion earned a top 10 fin­ish in the team stand­ings.

“We’ve had some re­ally good play­ers come through here the last cou­ple years, so he’s had a good up­bring­ing play­ing with those guys,” Trion coach Gar­ret Brown ex­plained. “Noah is very tal­ented. He has all of the shots and he hits the ball a re­ally long way. It’s been great to see him grow up these last three or four years to get to this point.

“I’m hop­ing he still has a shot to do more things here near the end of his se­nior sea­son and go low at the state tour­na­ment. He’s played well in the state tour­na­ment be­fore and we’ve been very for­tu­nate to have him play for us.”

Hank­ins said he hopes to con­tinue to play well once he trades in the royal blue of Trion for the navy blue of GNTC.

“I know I just need to work hard ev­ery­day and just play the best golf that I can,” he said. “I just have to know that I can suc­ceed in this.”

“Of all the young men I’ve signed in my two years as head coach (at GNTC), I think Noah is prob­a­bly the most gifted and tal­ented,” Jack­son added. “I think the sky’s the limit as far as his po­ten­tial and that’s what I’m ex­cited for. He’s got the en­tire game. He’s a power hit­ter and he’s got the short game. I think the short game and the men­tal game is where he’s go­ing to re­ally have to work hard, but I think he can do it and I think he’s re­ally go­ing to sur­prise a lot of folks on the col­lege level.

“We have three golfers com­ing back and two that have ei­ther signed or re­cently com­mit­ted, but I think Noah could chal­lenge for the top spot on our team. I think he’s that good.”

Hank­ins said he is con­sid­er­ing Ac­count­ing as a ma­jor.

On hand to cel­e­brate with Noah Hank­ins (seated, sec­ond from left) were Doug Wil­son, Adam, Melissa and Emme Hank­ins and Phyl­lis Stansell. On the back row is Trion High School Prin­ci­pal Bryan Edge, Ge­or­gia North­west­ern golf coach Ed­die Jack­son, Trion...

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