POTEAU–Carl Albert State College’s newly formed Viking Golf Club is preparing for their first match in March.
The club began this past semester when a group of students approached Hank Austin about the possibility of a golf club at CASC. According to Austin, who is the sponsor of the club, he made a proposal to the college and then to Choctaw Country Club’s Board of Directors.
Choctaw has agreed to be the home course, and has generously offered a deal for CASC student golfers to play at their course. With a current roster of 17 CASC students, they play on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting.
Austin explained this is a club sport, but will compete with some two year collegiate teams, including a match in March at Seminole. Five to seven players from the CASC club will be allowed to go to each match.
“Our goal is that in the future the club might gain team status as opposed to a club sport,” Austin said. “This obviously will have a lot to do with the college as well as the community seeing value in the possibility.
“There is a lot of interest from area high school students when it comes to golf. I think it is a great opportunity to have an additional sport for students to take part in at CASC. It gives the college a way to involve more students in campus activities, and it is a good recruiting tool when sharing with potential students all that CASC has to offer.”
Currently four junior colleges in Oklahoma have sanctioned golf teams.
“We are seeing a lot of excitement from members of the Choctaw Country Club about the college starting a golf club, and we certainly invite anyone interested in learning more about us to contact me,” Austin said. “I also encourage any CASC students wanting to play golf with our club to stop by my office.”
The Viking Golf Club website is at http://golf.carlalbert.edu and provides additional information about the club.
Team members are Kelsey Hubbard, Caleb Boren, Justin Sharp, Lee Lale, Calen Sebo, Ashly Severn, Brett Lowrie, Jacob Carter, Cody Allen, Brandon Jackson, Shane O’Connor, Wacey Henderson, Matt Johnson, Brandon Kirkland, Dexter Morgan, Kaela Potts, and Taylor Smith