BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Special Olympics Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, July 30, 2019 at the Old Toccoa Farm on Curtis Switch Road in Blue Ridge.
Because of the number of pictures taken during the event, all pictures will be posted into an album on the official Fetch Your News Facebook page, which may be found in our Album here.
The video may be viewed below!
The schedule of events, along with the names of the athletes are as follows:
9:00 – 9:25 – Arrival of Athletes and Guests
9:30 – Opening Ceremony – Welcome and Athletes Oath
9:35 – Level 2 Unified competition – 9 holes
1st Group – Jeff, Rick, Guests Dave and Eric
2nd Group – Joe, Debbie, Laney and Alex
10:00 – Level 1 Skills competition – normal practice area
Short Putt – Amanda, Ansley, and Kari
Long Putt – Guests: Amanda Lane and Jennifer Campbell
Chip Shot – Brandon, Mikey, Jay and Eric
Pitch Shot – Robbie, Kevin, Tommy
11:15 – *Level 1 Skills Competition – Hole #1
*This will require putting the golf clubs and athletes in cars and driving down to parking area near the river
Iron Shot – Amanda, Ansley, Kari and Guests Amanda Lane and Jennifer Campbell
Wood Shot – Brandon. Mikey, Jay, Eric, Robbie, Kevin and Tommy
Noon – Lunch followed by the Medal Ceremony down by the river
Today, three Fannin County High School athletes signed a letter of intent to play golf at the same college. Seniors, Austin Panter, Bailey Whitener, and Peyton Holt, all committed to Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia.
“In all of the years I have been coaching, I have never had this happen. I have never signed three kids from the same high school. I am not signing them collectively, I am signing them each as an individual because each one of them has something to bring to the program. First and foremost, I look for someone with high character, and all three of these young people have it,” head Truett golf coach, Steve Patton shared.
Bailey Whitener has been a part of FCHS’ golfing program for all four years, as well as the Lady Rebels basketball team. Peyton Holt had the same interests by being part of the program for two years, and playing basketball for the high school for four. Austin Panter was the opposite from Holt where he was part of the basketball program for two years, and part of golf for all four. All three athletes prove to have academic excellence and the golfing skills to take them to the next level.
“It is exciting for us today to be able to recognize these three athletes and this achievement. We wish them well and we know all three of them will represent Fannin County High School well at Truett McConnell,” head Rebel golf coach, David Dyer stated about the athletes.
“I am very proud of all three of them. I have been around Bailey and Austin for four years. They were here as freshmen and they put a lot of time in. Peyton picked up the game a little late, but he has really picked it up and done a good job. In most sports I have coached, I have never seen athletes put as much time into a sport that these three did on the course. They are always out there hitting balls and working at their game. They have bright futures ahead of them and we are very proud of them,” assistant Rebel golf coach, Scott Eggleston shared at the signing.
“Last year our men’s team came within one stroke of going to the National Championship. My girls team last year finished fourth in the conference out of twelve teams. That is the highest finish we have ever had. We are building something very, very special over at Cleveland and to be able to add some quality people makes it even more special. We are a christian school and my goal is to disciple them and help them grow in their relationship with the lord, help them to be successful in the classroom, and serve others in the community. I can tell that all three of them have the desire to improve their golf game, so we are going to see and hear a lot of great things from Bailey, Peyton, and Austin. I am just very excited to be their coach,” coach Patton shared, closing out the evening.
Congratulations to all three of these athletes for this big achievement and we wish them the best of luck in this exciting chapter of their lives!
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