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Byrum To Attend Golf Academy PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:52

Watauga High senior Matt Byrum has announced that he will attend the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Byrum, who played baseball until his sophomore year before he turned his full attention to golf,

will officially enroll in January of 2013. His ultimate goal is to be a golf pro one day.
"I'll be getting lessons from 12 of the top pros in the country," he said. "I really love playing golf. I've been playing it for many years with my dad, and I just felt more comfortable playing golf. Baseball was fun, and I played with a lot of the guys currently playing on the (WHS) baseball team. They're great guys, and I hope they have a great season. But I'm happy with my decision."
Byrum will be in school for 16 months, and when he graduates, his goal is to be a PGA professional and possibly own his own course, or he hopes to be a professional at a golf course.
"It's a dream, and hopefully it all works out for me," he said. "Golf takes a lot of patience, and its mentally challenging. But I really want to teach other people how to play this game properly. Teaching is a challenge; it's the hardest part of the game. Mainly because everyone has a different swing. The goal is to make the student as comfortable as possible."
The WHS golf team travels to the Catawba Springs for a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference match today. St. Stephens will host the match. Byrum is currently second on the team in scoring behind Austin Northern. And Byrum has a chance of making it to regionals next month.
"I hope to get there," he said. "We're struggling this year, but it's a real young team. Coach (Mike) Northern is a great coach. I love him. He's always teaching you something new about the game everyday. And he makes it easy for you. Like he always says, 'just keep it in the fairway and shoot par. If you can do that, you can be one of the top golfers in the conference.'"
And Byrum hopes to follow in those same footsteps some day.

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