Brookstone's James Clark signs golf scholarship with Georgia Tech

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 15, 2013 

A process that began during the summer of his sophomore year of high school ended for Brookstone’s James Clark on Friday when he signed his letter of intent to play golf at Georgia Tech after he graduates high school.

Clark, who had the low average for the Cougars as a junior last season, committed to the Yellow Jackets in March and put pen to paper at a ceremony at the school on Friday morning.

“It feels great,” Clark said of his signing. “All I’ve got to worry about now is my school work. Before, I had to send emails, go on visits and you’ve still got to play well.”

Now, with the process finished, he said he can focus on his school work and continuing to play the game well.

During his time at Brookstone, Clark helped the Cougars win three state championships. The team has won four in a row dating back to the season before Clark joined the team. As a freshman, Clark shot a 69 at state to help the team claim a victory. He shot another 69 at state in the most recent state tournament, claiming low medalist honors en route to another team championship.

That success as well as success in other tournaments helped Clark garner attention from a number of schools around the country. He narrowed his choices to Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech before deciding on the Yellow Jackets in the spring.

He said he hopes to continue that progress at Georgia Tech, which was ranked No. 2 in the most recent NCAA men’s golf rankings.

“They put a lot of guys out on tour, so if I want to go that route, I’ll have a good chance,” he said of what attracted him to Georgia Tech. “And, of course, the school — the education is great.”

He said he planned to follow the road playing golf as far as it would take him. If that means the PGA Tour, great.

“And if not, I’ll have a great degree from Tech,” he said.

Clark will join former Brookstone golfer Parker Derby among the Division-I ranks. Derby, who graduated in the spring, signed a golf scholarship with the University of Georgia last fall.

The two won’t face off directly, but Clark said he looks forward to the rivalry.

“Hopefully, we can have a chance to play together sometime,” he said.

Clark will play one more season with Brookstone, during which the Cougars will try to make it five straight state championships.

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