Houston County's Hamm and Beck become program's first to play college golf

Houston County's Hilton Beck (left) is signing with Georgia College golf for next year, and Brent Hamm (right) is signing with Troy University./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- For the first time in program history, the Houston County golf team is sending two players to play college golf next season.

Today at the high school, seniors Brent Hamm and Hilton Beck signed their letters of intent to play college golf with Troy and Georgia College, respectively.

Both Hamm and Beck were four-year Varsity golfers for Houston County, and signing to play at the next level is something that head coach Aaron Munn says doesn't happen very often.

"Colleges don't have very much scholarship money to give out for golf," Munn said. "Golf in general is very competitive at that level, so to see them further their golf careers is really special."

Hamm started his high school career averaging an 86-stroke tournament round as a freshman. He got that number down to a 74 tournament stroke average his last three seasons in high school. As a junior, he led the Bears to the GHSA state championship, where he finished as the individual runner up. That year he was also named the Junior PGA player of the year.

Beck didn't start his golf career until his freshman year of high school, averaging an 88 tournament stroke average. He finished his senior year with a 74 average, dropping fourteen strokes in his four years playing competitive golf.

Both Hamm and Beck say they were very appreciative that they could share this special day with each other.

"I'm just really proud of both of us, we've put in the work for years," Hamm said. "Just being able to have the opportunity for coaches to look at us, for them to actually want us to come play for them, is amazing. It's the best feeling in the world, really."

Beck says he'll miss the friendly competition with Hamm that pushed him to be better, but he's excited for the next chapter of his career.

"I think we really benefitted each other, in order to get to the next level," Beck said. "Which is a really special thing. He's a great friend, and it's really special to both of us for both to sign."

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