Jun. 1—Pisgah senior Brayden West signed to play golf in college at Mars Hill University on April 27.
"It's close to home. I like the coach a lot and I like the team," West said about his college choice.
West is a four-year golfer for the Bears, being selected as a Mountain 7 3A All-Conference player this season in addition to anchoring Pisgah's championship run.
"He takes time outside of school to take private lessons. He's been able to break 80 a few times this season, so he's been a solid anchor on our conference championship team," said Bentley Rogers, Pisgah's head golf coach.
It wasn't always that way, though. West's accomplishments are the fruits of four years of hard work.
"When he first came in as a freshman, he was mid to low-90s golfer. He was always competing for that fifth spot. That summer he played on the junior golf league, came back the next year and he was shooting mid-80s. He was able to take off 7-10 strokes off of his game. Unfortunately, that's when COVID hit. The last two years, he has gotten better each year," Rogers said.
Mars Hill is a private university located in Mars Hill. The Lions compete in the South Atlantic Conference. Cody Carlson is the head golf coach and has been since 2021.
The two primary courses West will play on are Grove Park and Mountain Air Country Club.
"Both of those are really nice courses. I'd very much like to play there," West said. He'll get his chance this fall.
Maegan Sorrells, his mom, is excited for her son.
"I'm ready for him to take the next step," she said. "He wants to get the college experience and wanted to play golf in college."
Sorrells said she had never visited Mars Hill before, but found the campus beautiful.
"It's very small. I like it," she said.
Mitch West, his dad, said he's looking forward to the future.
"Just an outstanding opportunity," he said. "Awesome campus. Close enough to home but far enough away. I think that's wonderful."
West plans to major in criminal justice.