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McKENZIE (January 14) — McKenzie High School senior golf standout Johnathan Moore signed with Bethel University Golf Thursday in a ceremony in the MHS theatre, joined by family, coaches, …
McKENZIE (January 14) — McKenzie High School senior golf standout Johnathan Moore signed with Bethel University Golf Thursday in a ceremony in the MHS theatre, joined by family, coaches, teammates and classmates.
Principal Kelly Spivey welcomed all and congratulated Moore on his decision and his accomplishments.
MHS Golf Head Coach Larry Joe Smith said Moore “fulfilled everything we expected... continuing the good tradition we’ve established in sending players to the next level.”
Smith was recently named head coach of the Bethel Women’s Golf program and will assist with the men’s team as well. He told The Banner, “Johnathan’s been a tremendous success. He’s earned many honors and recognitions. I’m excited that I’ll still have a hand in coaching him at the collegiate level.”
John Austin, the new head coach of the Bethel Men’s Golf program, said of Moore, “I’ve seen him play since middle school, and he played with my son Ben for two years. I saw his progress and his good performance at the state tournament. I’m confident he can definitely contribute to the Wildcats as a freshman.”
Moore told The Banner he loves golf because it requires patience and it’s a peaceful game (“at times,” he added with a laugh). He said he love to be competitive.
He said he chose Bethel to remain close to home and because he knows Coach Austin. He said he’s seen the program improving in recent years.
Moore said he’s loved being a Rebel because, “We don’t like losing.” Of his teammates, he said they’ve always worked hard and done the best they could.
He is undecided on a college major.