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When most people think of golf they think of country clubs and Tiger Woods. What they do not realize is the time and effort that is put in to compete at a higher level.
For the first time in 13 years the golf team is sending a player to regionals. Junior Nolan Hoover is the first golfer to play at this tournament since Brad Wolfson in 2005.
“I never thought I would be able to get this far going into this golf season,” said Hoover.
Hoover has made districts the past two years but has never reached the regional level. This will be his first time at this competition.
“I got this far by hard work and dedication,” said Hoover. “Also with the support of my family and friends.”
Hoover also practices during the off season, especially during the spring and summer months. This includes competitive golf events in addition to casual golf with friends and family.
“The team has really rallied behind him,” said junior Emma Dissinger. “We are all very happy for him.”
Dissinger has been golfing with Hoover since their freshman year. The team hopes to see him advance to the next level, the state tournament.
“Coach [Rick] Dissinger has helped me with my mental game,” said Hoover. “He has helped me become more mentally strong and that has helped me get through adversity.”
Dissinger has been coaching Nolan his entire golfing career at CCHS. Dissinger is the head coach of the golf team and is also an economics teacher.
“I am so proud of his accomplishment and very happy to see him reach this level,” said Dissinger. “To see him achieve a personal goal and to see him grow and mature as a player is a testament to him.”
While this is an accomplishment for Hoover, this also gives recognition to the golf team as a whole. This shows other members what is possible if they continue to work hard.
“I expect the team to do well next year,” said Hoover. “The team keeps on getting better so we will see.”