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Two Knights Will Play Through

Cave Springs senior Jack Wilkes,  flanked by his proud parents, Lynn and John, signs on the dotted line committing to the University of Richmond.
Cave Springs senior Jack Wilkes, flanked by his proud parents, Lynn and John, signs on the dotted line committing to the University of Richmond.

Cave Spring High School golfers Matt Harman and Jack Wilkes have committed to play golf with their chosen schools. Harman will take his skills to Radford University and Wilkes to the University of Richmond.

Harman was also sought by James Madison University and Wake Forest.  However, when it came down to his final choice, he said, “Radford was the first to put trust into me.”  Harman also found that the academics at RU were the best fit for him.  He also has a good relationship with the golf coach there.

Mike Harman, Matt’s father, said at a signing ceremony last week that he would have been comfortable with any of the schools seeking his son’s golf prowess.  “He asked us how we felt.  It needed to be his decision,” said Harman.  The future RU student has been playing golf all his life, but became serious about the sport when he was 14.  “Playing golf for me develops friendships around the world and is a great business sport,” said Matt Harman.

Jack Wilkes will go to the University of Richmond, choosing that school over VCU and Wisconsin. Wilkes played his first tournament when he was 7-years-old.  He plays at Roanoke Country Club and Hunting Hills Country Club, which “is very narrow and is a hard course,” said Wilkes.  He chose the University of Richmond because of the campus and its academic program.  Wilkes will major in Business with a minor in Personal Leadership.

Matt Harman in good form during a recent golf match for Cave Spring.
Matt Harman in good form during a recent golf match for Cave Spring.

Lynn Wilkes, Jack’s mother, is very supportive of her son.  “I was just thrilled that he really wanted to go to the University of Richmond,” she said.  Jack Wilkes is glad that he has a sport, “that could get me into a better school and a strong golf team.” Both Harman and Wilkes have won major scholastic tournaments and been among the top finishers in many others.

Jon Hartman, athletic director at Cave Spring, explained how Harman and Wilkes were noticed and offered scholarships: “the colleges follow the golfers during their junior year and summer golf tournaments.  They are also noticed by their Junior Golf ranking.”

By Alice Shook
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