Bobcats double up with Bruins' golf duo

On hand at Northwest Whitfield to see Adrian Clark (seated, center left) and Cole Roberts (seated, center right) sign with Georgia Northwestern were Melissa Ogle (seated, far left) and Amy Roberts (seated, far right). On the back row (from left) were Larry Ogle, Northwest Whitfield coach Jeff Storey, Georgia Northwestern coach Eddie Jackson, Jon Roberts and Northwest Whitfield coach Travis Tyson. (Messenger photo/Scott Herpst)

The retooling of the Georgia Northwestern golf roster recently found head coach Eddie Jackson in Tunnel Hill as he signed two more players to bolster the ranks.

Northwest Whitfield seniors Adrian Clark and Cole Roberts were the next to join the Bobcats, inking with the Navy-and-Silver during a recent ceremony at the high school.

Bruins' golf coach Jeff Storey said Jackson was getting "two diamonds in the rough".

“I started with boys' golf here two years ago and even though we had some seniors then - some good seniors - Adrian and Cole were already leaders for us," he said. "This year, they really took the reigns as student-athlete leaders, both in the classroom and on the golf course, which is what you really like to see.

"You couldn't ask for anything more on the course. On the range, the practice green or on the course, in all types of weather, those two are out there. They really set fine examples for our younger golfers about their work ethic and the way they conduct themselves on and off the course. We're just pleased to see them get this opportunity."

Clark called it a great chance to keep playing golf after graduation.

"I didn't commit right away, but now I realize that (Georgia Northwestern) was the best decision for me," he said. "I think it's a great opportunity for all of us as a team to come out and represent Georgia Northwestern. We just want to get the program back to where it was at (previously)."

Clark said his short game was the best part of his game.

"I don't it hit very far, but I can gain strokes around the green," he explained. "I just want to get more consistent and get to a point where I can help lead us to some championships."

Roberts also said he was thankful for the chance to continue his playing career at the next level.

"It feels good to help restart the program and get it going again," he said. "Hopefully we can be as good as they were.

"Everyone seems to be impressed with the way I drive the ball. I can hit it a fairly long way, but as long as my short game is dialed in, I usually have a good round."

Both golfers cited Jackson as a main reason they chose to sign with and attend Georgia Northwestern.

"I love Eddie," Clark said. "He's a great coach, a great guy and he just knows a lot about the game."

"Eddie really brought me in," Roberts continued. "I love his story and I think he can make us all great."

"They're way too kind, but I do appreciate their confidence in me," Jackson said. "We've signed some really good kids so far. It's a good group of young men and a potentially good group of golfers that we can hopefully develop over the next few years. I'm excited."

Jackson said Clark was one of the first players on his recruiting radar.

"He's the first one I zeroed in on," the coach continued. "He played hard-to-get for a while, but we finally convinced him. I think he's just got a really good overall game and his long game is better than he gives himself credit for. The great thing about Adrian is his work ethic. He's at the golf course seven days a week. He really eats, drinks and sleeps golf.

"Cole was just the opposite. I really had no idea about him until about a week (before he signed). I got a call from a coach who told me I needed to come take a look at him because (the coach) thought he had a lot of potential. I had been around Cole before and had never really noticed him.

"But he came down to LaFayette and played and I was totally impressed. I went and watched him play in a tournament at Nob North the next day and he nearly won it. He's a long hitter, but he plays under control and he's got a passion for the game."

Both golfers said they are undecided on majors.