Ryan Redd signs on with Bob­cats golf

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

The re­tool­ing of the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern men’s golf team con­tin­ued last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon with the Bob­cats’ sec­ond sign­ing for the 2018 fall sea­son.

Sono­rav­ille se­nior Ryan Redd signed his let­ter to join the Bob­cats, fol­low­ing the re­cent sign­ing of Trion se­nior Noah Hank­ins.

“First of all, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity and I ap­pre­ci­ate it be­cause I’ve al­ways wanted to play col­lege golf,” Redd ex­plained. “For (GNTC golf coach) Ed­die (Jack­son) to give me this op­por­tu­nity is amazing, plus, I get to play with my buddy, Lane.”

Lane Strickland, a 2017 grad­u­ate of Sono­rav­ille High School, is cur­rently on the Bob­cats’ ros­ter af­ter sign­ing near the end of his se­nior year with the Phoenix.

“(Lane) said life as a col­lege golfer is pretty great,” Redd said. “You’re al­ways go­ing and play­ing at dif­fer­ent places. I think we’ll have a good chance at win­ning (USCAA) Na­tion­als this year.”

Sono­rav­ille head coach Mike Far­ley said the Bob­cats were get­ting “a great kid”.

“Ryan comes from a re­ally good fam­ily with a re­ally good work ethic and that car­ries over to the golf course,” he said. “He’s a very hard worker and he’s one that will put in a lot of work out­side of the nor­mal prac­tice sched­ule. He self-eval­u­ates him­self all the time and works on the things he knows he’s strug­gling with.

“He’s one of those kids you don’t re­ally no­tice be­cause he’s not flashy, but he al­ways shows up on the score­card at the end of a match.”

Jack­son said he ex­cited about Redd’s po­ten­tial.

“I watched him just a cou­ple of days ago at Field’s Ferry (Cal­houn) and I’m very ex­cited about him,” the veteran coach and golf pro ex­plained. “He’s got a good over­all game. He needs a lit­tle work on his short game, but he’s very strong, tee to green. He’s got a pas­sion (for golf) and a good work ethic to get to where he needs to be.”

Redd said he would like to trans­fer to an­other school to play golf once his time at GNTC is fin­ished. He also plans to be­come an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer.

The Bob­cats ended up plac­ing fourth at the USCAA Na­tion­als at Penn State Univer­sity this past Oc­to­ber af­ter hold­ing the tour­na­ment lead with nine holes to play.

It was the pro­gram’s first sea­son back on the course af­ter a year’s hia­tus.

Sono­rav­ille High School se­nior golfer Ryan Redd (seated, cen­ter) signed his let­ter to join the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Bob­cats’ golf team dur­ing a cer­e­mony last Wed­nes­day. On hand for the sign­ing was Ridge, Jerry, Becky and Rea­gan Redd, along with Sono­rav­ille High School’s Cody Townsend and Sono­rav­ille golf coach Mike Far­ley, GNTC golf coach Ed­die Jack­son and Sono­rav­ille As­so­ciate Prin­ci­pal Allen Bowen, Sono­rav­ille Prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer Hayes and Sono­rav­ille Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Brent Mash­burn. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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