Houston County golf team looks to make more history in state tournament
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Last season, the Houston County golf team made it to the GHSA state tournament for the first time since 2004. The Bears made sure that 13-year drought from the state championship wouldn't become the norm; they're heading back to the state tournament for a second straight year.
Head coach Aaron Munn has taken a lot of pride in the way this program has grown since he took over at Houston County, and he gives all the credit to his players and the hard work they've put in.
"It takes hard work," Munn said. "There's time that has to be put in, not just the practices we do out here as a team, but you have to play year-round. You have to be committed to being a great player. So we have that right now."
The Bears placed second in the 6A Area 1 tournament with a team score of 316 strokes to advance to the state championship.
Seniors Hilton Beck and Brent Hamm have already made history for this team. Last month, they became the first Houston County golf players to sign collegiate scholarships. Beck is committed to Georgia College, and Hamm is committed to Troy University.
While these two seniors have been viewed as the leaders of this team, they both acknowledge that winning a team state championship would mean much more to them than any of their individual accomplishments.
"Just playing on a team means a lot more than playing as an individual," Hamm said. "It's a lot more fun to have a group of guys to play with and to grow with over the years."
This will be the last time the seniors at Houston County will take the course together as a team. Beck says that the camaraderie he's experienced with his teammates is something he'll carry with him throughout the rest of his career.
"It's just really special to me," Beck said. "The brotherhood, it's really tight-knit and something that you don't really come across much often."
Houston County will look to make even more history this week by taking home the program's first ever state championship.
The team tees off from Jekyll Island Golf Club on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22. Teams will play in a 36-hole tournament to determine a state champion.