Prep Golf: Cline signs with Catawba
Wes Cline watched a standout golfer at East Davidson High School in 2006 win a Central Carolina Conference championship. Little did he know he would someday follow in the same footsteps of that very player — his brother Brad.
At a signing ceremony on Monday in the school media center, Wes was joined by Brad along with their parents, to celebrate Wes’ announcement to attend Catawba College. It happens to be the same institution where Brad recently set the lowest scoring average for a career in school history.
“I had another offer, but Catawba is close to home and both my brother and dad went there,” said Cline. “I want to go there and make an impact with the team.”
Wes took up golf at age 11 with a little encouragement from his brother. Since picking up the game, Cline has steadily improved and currently has a handicap of 3. He will be in the mix for the No. 1 spot for the Eagles this spring after finishing just outside the top 10 of the overall standings last year in the CCC. East finished third behind Salisbury and West Davidson in 2012, but with everyone returning, they stand a good chance of at least moving past the Green Dragons this season.
Coach Justin Sink will be counting on Cline to help get them there.
“He has put in tons of work in the offseason,” said Sink. “Wes has an intense summer schedule and he always wants to stay after practice to work on his game. He will likely be our No. 1 this year.”
Cline tries to play at least nine holes a day and puts in work on both the range and practice green for an additional couple of hours. Accurate on and around the green, if there is one weakness to his game it is off the tee. Cline says he can only hit his driver about 250 yards, while most people are driving the ball 300 yards. When in friendly competition with his brother, he has found an equalizer to that problem.
“I make him play the back tees so I at least have a chance,” Cline said with a grin.
Unlike most high school golfers, Cline has a following on the course. Many groups are made up of only the players, but Cline’s parents are at all of the matches to witness every stroke. He enjoys the company and comfort they bring.
“They come to every match I have,” he said. It is great to have them there. I can look over at them and they help me forget about a bad shot.”
Cline will study accounting at Catawba College.