Wednesday was Nathan Whitlow Day at the Mustang Athletic Complex. Students, faculty, friends and family gathered to congratulate him as he signed a letter of intent to play golf at Lyon College in Batesville.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
He started playing golf with his dad at the age of 4, was part of the First Tee program, and continued his game on through high school and is looking forward to playing for Lyon College.
Whitlow won the 2A-3 district tournament as a senior, finished sixth in the Class 2A state tournament and was an all-state performer. In addition to medalist in the District Tournament, he was medalist in five matches this year. In the previous high school years, he was a regional tournament qualifier
Coach Church said she expects Whitlow to contribute right away.
"We have a young team," she said. "My top four kids are freshmen and sophomores. We are looking to build on that and I think Nathan will be a good addition."
Coach Church has been golf coach at Lyon for five years. Her golf team will be hosting their conference at the Blytheville Country Club May 1-3.
"Blytheville is a central location for our conference," she said.
Church said she has one team member from Manila who signed last year. She is also signing a golfer from Brookland and is looking at getting two more signed.
BIC High School Principal Randy Rose welcomed everyone to the event and expressed his congratulations to Whitlow.
We hope you win all the games you play, but we know you will always do your best and that is what is important," Rose said.
Athletic director Stan Fowler spoke briefly about Nathan's commitment to golf and grades.
"Playing golf requires a real commitment," Coach Fowler said. "Nathan was also committed to golf and good grades and those commitments are what made this happen for him today."
Fowler encouraged the young students to set their goals and make it happen in whatever they choose to be part of.
Whitlow's golf coach Cary Cossey expressed his appreciation to the administration and staff for the opportunity to hold the signing day.
"It has been a privilege to coach Nathan," Cossey said. "He has been a great ambassador for our school, a team leader, a great person, a great friend, a great student and a great teammate."
Coach Cossey shared being a witness to Whitlow's hole in one during a practice round in Manila.
"When he goes on the PGA tour I will take full credit and volunteer to be his caddy," Coach Cossey said. "Good things do happen to good people."
Whitlow expressed his appreciation to all of the people for being there and showing their support.
"The banners from the art class and the first grade students are awesome," Whitlow said.
Whitlow's decision to accept the offer at Lyon was not only about the golf program but the education.
He is the son of Stan and Marline Whitlow.
Following the signing ceremony, a reception was held in Nathan's honor.