Dawson County High School golfer Hunter Burt signed last week to play college level golf at Truett McConnell University.
During a signing celebration at the school's library on Feb. 15, Burt's high school coach Frank Brown and his future Truett McConnell coach Steve Patton told stories about Burt and his dedication to the sport.
Brown said that Burt's sophomore year, the DCHS golf team played a region game out of Crystal Falls, and he lost by one stroke.
"It was a heartbreaker," Brown said. "But after the match was over, Hunter was down there working on his game- after the region championship. That's the kind of golfer you got, somebody that takes it seriously. He works harder than anybody I've ever coached."
Patton said that the very first time he met Burt, he knew he had found something special.
"What I liked most about Hunter, even more than his golf game, which was outstanding, is the way he carried himself," Patton said. "This kid acts like he's in college already, handles himself really well. Then I found out his father was a pastor and he had a relationship with the Lord, and that's the first thing I'm looking for."
Burt, along with his parents Russell and Keena said they are excited for Burt to have the opportunity to play for a team that could have a shot at winning a national championship right out of the gate. The team is currently a NAIA, but if all goes well Burt's freshman year, it could advance to Division 1.
Burt said that for him, the choice to sign with Truett McConnell University was a no-brainer.
"It's a good Christian school, a school I'm proud to be part of," he said. "I feel like I have a good connection with most of the boys and the coach on the team. I think it is a place that is going to help me grow as a man in Christ and become the man I want to be."
Burt wants to major in business with a concentration in finance. He hopes to work for a bank and work his way up to being a politician.