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By GOOSE LINDSAY
Without sinking his first putt, Kingston's Jonathan Randolph has already made history for the Bryan College golf team.
Randolph did so recently by signing scholarship papers to become a member of the first-ever golf team for the Lions.
"I'm really happy," Randolph said. "Knowing that I'm part of their first team ever is exciting. When people look back at their first team I'll be a part of it."
"I'm glad Jonathan is getting this opportunity," Kingston head coach Mike Neal added. "It makes you feel good anytime a player gets a scholarship. He's worked hard for this for four years."
Although contributing early is not a given, there's a good chance that Randolph will be in the mix early considering the success he and his Yellow Jackets teammates enjoyed this past season. Kingston finished the season with an unbeaten regular season before narrowly missing out on a state tournament berth.
"College is going to be completely different but I feel good about it," Randolph said of his chances of making an immediate impact. "I've played with a lot of these guys before and I've played on a good team so I think I'm ready for that part of it."
Coach Neal believes that Randolph has all the tools to be a good player at the next level. But like all players, it will depend on how he handles the psychological part of the game.
"I think he hits the ball really well," Neal said. "He needs to become a more consistent golfer and be prepared mentally for the challenges ahead of him, but I think he will do well."
"I've got to practice, practice, practice," Randolph added. "I'm pretty long off the tee, but I've definitely got to work on the mental game a lot and think about the next shot."
While Randolph appears to be a perfect fit for the Lions, Bryan College also seems to be a perfect fit for Randolph.
"I like that it's a Christian college and that it's close to home," Randolph said. "I really like (Bryan) coach (Peter) Bollant and I think I'll really like the school."
"Jonathan's grades are real good and I think Bryan will be good for him," Neal added.