The “face” of Houston County High School golf.
That was how Head Coach Aaron Munn’s described Brent Hamm and Hilton Beck.
The bad news for the Bears, is a makeover will soon be in order. The two signed a college scholarship Wednesday at the school. Hamm is headed to Troy University in Alabama and Beck is destined for Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
“I’m really proud of these young men,” Munn said, and then transitioned to the comment about them being the face of the program. “Both have been varsity members for four years and every year they’ve improved their stroke average. This is bittersweet for all of us.
“This doesn’t happen that often in golf,” he continued, “and to see them sign and turn their golf profession to the college level is really special. So we’re really proud of them.”
Hamm, who plans on majoring in business management, said he chose Troy because of the people, the coach … “everything,” he said – his golf career really not starting competitively until he was around 11 or 12 (it was baseball up until then). “I mean, the facilities they have there are amazing. The people are so nice, they’re fun to hang out with, and the coach is a great guy.”
As far as strengths, he said Head Coach Bart Barnes told him they were consistency and a positive attitude, among others.
“No matter what’s going on,” he said of the attitude, “I really love the game no matter.”
He was also excited to learn the Trojans have a “swing” coach, something he’s not been experienced to so far in his career, he said. He also hopes to see playing time from the start, but for that, he said, the ball’s on his tee. “To be able to compete and have an opportunity,” he said, “I’m going to have to be on my ‘A’ game.”
Beck, who plans on majoring in accounting – with a minor in political science (the first because math is his “strength” and the second because “I’m intrigued by politics”), chose GCSU for some of the same reasons as Hamm. “I loved the atmosphere. Love the school and the players. I just feel like I can merge well there.”
His strengths – he also played baseball and didn’t get serious about golf until 2014 – according to Head Coach Patrick Garrett, include the ability to stay “even-keeled” and/or “turn it up a notch when I need to.”