Melbourne Bearkatz senior golfer Sam Cooper has accepted a scholarship and signed a national letter of intent to play golf for Arkansas Tech University next fall.
"Playing college golf is a dream. I have to improve my game even more in order to excel at that level," said Cooper.
He was medalist in numerous matches in his career, including several district, regional and state honors.
Cooper led the Bearkatz to the Class 2A State Championship this past fall and qualified for the prestigious "overall" tournament at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
Mike Watson, head golf coach at Melbourne, was very pleased at Sam's announcement. "From an early age, Sam worked every day to lead the Bearkatz to a state golf title and to take his game to the next level. I am glad to say that both of Sam's dreams have come true. Sam will excel at the college level and will be a fine representative for Arkansas Tech and for Melbourne High School. It was one of the pleasures of my life to get to coach Sam Cooper."
Arkansas Tech is a NCAA division II University located in Russellville and competes in the widely-respected Gulf South Conference.
According to Wonder Boys golf coach Dave Falconer, Cooper has some big shoes to fill, as Tech is losing two valuable seniors to graduation this spring, paving the way for Cooper to hit the links running.
"We are pleased Sam chose Tech, and we are looking for him to replace some fine seniors who are leaving this year," he said. "I like Sam's swing and believe he can handle the task. It's amazing that a kid with his physical size and strength has such a solid golf swing."
The Wonder Boys practice at Chamberlyne Golf Club and Lion's Den, which is owned by PGA professional John Daly.