During its 2019-20 signing ceremony Northeast Alabama Community College golf head coach Darrell Kirk congratulated the program’s returning golfers and new signees on making it to this day.
“Congratulations,” he said, “and we go to work tomorrow.”
The NACC men’s and women’s golf teams’ finalized their rosters during Thursday’s signing ceremony which saw both new and returning student-athletes sign scholarship papers for the new school year.
Returning for the NACC men’s team are John Austin Dolberry of Scottsboro and Jake Jenkins of Douglas while joining the team are Noah Higdon of North Sand Mountain, Riley Sisk of Geraldine and Justin Graham of Glencoe. Playing for the NACC women’s team this season are returning golfer Cassidy Cunningham of Scottsboro and new signee Caity Ledwell of Skyline.
“We’ve got some good players,” Kirk said. “It’s a different game from high school to college. But they’re good players, they should make the adjustment to it. They’re good kids, good students. I think they’ll do what they need to improve their golf game.”
NACC’s teams began practice Friday and start their fall season after Labor Day.
“We’re excited about our golf team,” NACC president Dr. David Campbell told the players. “Not only do you represent the golf team, but you represent Northeast Alabama Community College. We’re very proud to have you here.”
The NACC golf program is entering its third year of competition.
“We’re really excited to watch them play and support our student athletes,” said NACC athletic director Chad Gorham.
Higdon, a member of NSM’s 2019 Class 1A-2A state championship team, said he’s looking forward to the challenge of playing college golf.
“I think it’s going to be a great experience,” Higdon said. “I started playing golf when I was a sophomore. I just fell in love with it. College golf, it’s a new experience, but I think it’s going to be fun.”
Ledwell has never played competitively but did well during NACC tryouts in June and landed a scholarship. The former Skyline basketball and softball standout is looking forward to competing in a new sport.
“I think it’s going to be fun,” she said. “I like (the challenge) of it.”