Written by Bill Fisher
Community and business
Published: October 29, 2021
The newly formed Watauga County Schools Middle School Golf Team closed its opening season with a perfect 6-0 record.
The team attended the Blue Ridge Middle School Athletic Conference, which includes five schools from Ashe and Wilkes counties.
Dr. Stephen Martin, who coached the team in addition to his lead role as Assistant Superintendent of Watauga, said the team’s first season attracted a lot of interest from students and parents from the start, with 32 golfers joining the team.
Martin said local golf courses like Boone, Willow Valley, Lenoir and Sugar Mountain are quick to partner with the team, giving golfers time to practice their skills.
Martin said the team was able to provide equipment thanks to donations from parents, local golfers, grants, and other anonymous donations that helped provide golf clubs, golf balls, tees, golf shoes, uniforms, and training apparel.
SkyLine / SkyBest, Beech Mountain Men’s Golf Association, Willie Brooks BBQ and Ron Cutlip Golf Course Architect were sponsors of the team.