When Martin Methodist College head golf coach Tim King read an email from Andrew Holman, it told him a lot about Holman before he ever saw him play.
“He reached out to me,” King said, “so I saw a desire to play [college golf].”
King then watched Holman play during in the AHSAA sub-state and state tournaments in May. He was sold on the Scottsboro golfer, offering him a spot on the Martin Methodist golf team.
Holman officially joined Martin Methodist on Tuesday, signing with the NAIA school that is located in Pulaski, Tennessee during a ceremony at Scottsboro High School.
“I’ve wanted to play [college golf] ever since I was a little kid hitting pine cones into the river with a golf club,” Holman said with a laugh. “I emailed coach King and I’m glad he emailed me back. I just want to go and compete and get better.”
Holman has long desired to play college golf. He said he “grew up” with a golf club in his hands and loves the game.
Holman was a longtime member of the SHS varsity boys golf program. Holman helped the Wildcats advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1988 during his senior season this past spring.
Holman played some of his best golf of the season during postseason play. He shot a team-best 4-over par 76 in the Class 5A Section 4 Tournament before carding a 7-over par 79 to help Scottsboro win the Class 5A North 4 Boys Sub-state Tournament. Holman finished tied for 18th (86-80-166) during the two-round Class 5A State Golf Championship Tournament in May.
“We finished the season strong,” Holman said. “[Being] the first team in 30 years to go to state, that was fun, being able to represent Scottsboro.”
King said Holman has the physical tools to play well at the collegiate level. Mastering the “mental” part of the college game — the strategy and focus to play 36- to 54-hole golf tournaments — is the biggest adjustment for golfers making the move from high school to college, King said.
Martin Methodist was the Southern States Athletic Conference runner-up this past season.
“We’ve have a good nucleus coming back,” King said. “I think [Holman] will come in and fit good with those guys.”