Proving that experience isn’t always needed to achieve success, recent L.D. Bell High graduate Anthony Lindsey will continue playing golf in college.
Bell coach Buddy Hamm announced that Lindsey, who one season was the sole member of the Bell squad, has received a scholarship to play for Forest Trail Sports University in Concord, N.C., next season.
“I chose this college mainly because it was a great opportunity, and I talked to my parents and they agreed with my decision,” Lindsey said. “It’ll be fun to play with new people and meet these people from across the country.”
Forest Trail is a private university that will welcome its first students ever in August. Its focus is to provide varsity and recreational sports to students, giving equal importance to all athletes while they seek a degree. Waldorf University is the learning partner that will keep records and award degrees.
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Lindsey said he started playing golf around April 2015. He had previously played football and baseball.
“Some of my family likes to go out and play, so after baseball didn’t work out, I decided to pick it up and go play with my grandpa,” he said.
Playing just one season, of course there was some bouncing up and down. But Hamm said he saw potential in Lindsey.
“Fellow senior golfer Troy Peters provided him with a lot of support,” Hamm said. “Anthony is a good guy, worked hard, and I am happy he has an opportunity to continue playing golf in college.”
Lindsey said he plans to major in sports management. After all, why not make a living doing something he is passionate about?
“I always focus my life around sports, whether I’m playing or just watching and talking about it,” he said.
Anytime a Bell golfer graduates from high school with a love for the game and plans to continue playing, Hamm is thrilled.
“When high school is over for my students, my hope is they leave with a good taste and continue playing golf at a level they choose,” Hamm said. “Whatever interests or career they choose to do in life, I hope they have a strong understanding of how the game of golf relates to life, such as you will have good days and bad days. How you choose to manage the not-so-good days and how positively you respond to the situation and those around you will strengthen you as a person.
“Always try to keep a strong faith in the abilities you have been blessed with, manage your weaknesses, and be satisfied or content when you have done your best. However, be willing to learn and grow from all experiences.”