Trey DePriest signs with Henderson State

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Trey DePriest signs a letter of intent to play golf at Henderson State. Pictured with Trey are his parents, Thomas and Candie DePriest, and his niece Hadlie Goodson who is following in her uncle's footsteps and loves playing golf. Standing is BIC's golf coach Justin Yates.

Town Crier News Staff

It was Trey DePriest Day at the Mustang Athletic Complex (MAC) on Thursday as the Buffalo Island senior signed a letter of intent to play golf at Henderson State.

Trey, who has four state championship golf rings, three with BIC and one with Jonesboro, has had a tremendous high school career. He is looking forward to continuing his golf and academic successes at the college level as he joins the Henderson State Reddies' golf team.

Trey DePriest is pictured with his family, parents Thomas and Candie DePriest; sister and brother-in-law Les and Holly Goodson, and niece Hadlie.

Trey fell in love with the game of golf at an early age. He started golfing with his dad, Thomas DePriest, at the age of five. Even as a child, Trey was serious about his game.

Trey is among the top junior golfers in the state. He finished second for the second consecutive year in the Class 2A State Tournament and tied for fifth Overall his senior year. BIC finished the season with a 70-5 record. In addition to the four time state championship team, he was named four time All State and medalist in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Trey won the Arkansas Junior Amateur Championship at Little Rock's Pleasant Valley Country Club in June.

Also among his many golf accomplishments, Trey tied for 18th in the trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship two years ago.

Several colleges in and out of state have shown an interest but after a visit to Henderson State, and meeting with the coaches, Trey said Henderson State is the right fit for him.

Students, teachers, coaches, family and friends gathered at the MAC on Thursday morning to be a part of the signing.

BIC golf coach Justin Yates congratulated Trey and spoke of his accomplishments sharing Trey's high school record of 205 wins and 17 losses. BIC was 160-16 during his three seasons with the Mustangs.

Yates said he works during school years and during the summer months.

"He has proven time and time again he has the skills and ability to play at college level," Coach Yates said. "He is going to be very successful at Henderson State and continue their successful program."

Coach Yates introduced Trey presenting him with a golf score card from Big Lake Country Club from his ninth grade year. The card was saved and given to him by his former golf coach Cary Cossey who also attended the signing ceremony.

Trey started by thanking his parents, Thomas and Candie DePriest, for their support through the years, along with his coaches, and many others.

"My parents have been there for 13 years taking me from coast to coast to play in tournaments," Trey said. "They always believed in me. Without them, I would not be here today."

Along with his family and coaches he thanked Danny Riddle of Sage Meadows who worked with him at an early age, along with Rob Aikens and Scott Felix for all their assistance and support.

Trey's road to Thursday was not always easy as he underwent some health issues. In August of 2015 Trey underwent an ablation procedure to correct a heart problem. Since then he has been able to endure the heat and practice the way he needed to. He was back on the course in just a few weeks following surgery finishing a successful senior year.

Trey said he is looking forward to being part of the Henderson State program. Henderson State has won three consecutive Great American Conference Championships.

Family members, guests and BIC golf team enjoyed a reception following the signing.

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