Walker medals at State

Brandon Walker hit the links this season for Vardaman and didn’t stop until he had a medal around his neck from the State meet.
Walker competed individually in the Class 1A Tournament at Clear Creek in Bovina May 1 and shot 156 to tie for third place with Jason Byrd of Salem High School. Hunter Hammett of Sacred Heart placed first, followed by Channing Curtis of St. Aloysius.
Although Walker, a 16-year-old sophomore at Vardaman High School, placed well enough to bring home a medal, he was not totally satisfied.
“I wanted to win it,” Walker said.
And with that in mind, he’s sure to be out on the links working toward next spring’s meets.
“I’ll be working on my short game, chipping and putting,” Walker said.
Although this was Walker’s first trip to State as a medalist, it wasn’t his first time to participate.
“I went in my eighth grade year with Calhoun City,” Walker said. “I think we placed fourth or fifth. It wasn’t too bad considering there was nobody on the team over ninth grade.”
After transferring to Vardaman in the ninth grade, Walker took the medalist route as the school does not field a full golf team. But he’s been on the links most of his life.
“I’ve been playing since I was about three, pretty much since I could walk,” Walker said. “My dad and brother introduced me to it.”
Walker plays regularly at Pine Hills in Calhoun City and encourages others who are interested to give golf a shot.
“Stay with it and you’ll get addicted within a month or two,” Walker said. web golf