Dozens of family and friends gathered in the Lakewood High media center on Wednesday afternoon as Leopard golfer Griffin Faircloth signed his National Letter of Intent to play college golf for two seasons at Cape Feat Community College in Wilmington.
Faircloth has said from the start that he felt that it was a good fit for him.
“Cape Fear isn’t too small, but it’s not too big either,” he said. “The coach, Coach Stewart is the man. I feel like I can learn a lot from him, and he is all around a great guy. They have a good business program at Cape Fear, and playing a couple of years in community college will give me the chance to see if this is really something that I want to commit to doing at this level.”
Lakewood’s head coach for golf, James Lewis has enjoyed having Fairlcoth on his squad over the past years.
“He has gotten me 3 days out of school each year for the past 3 years, and we’re hoping for 3 more this year,” laughed Lewis, alluding to the Regional Championship and State Championship appearances that Faircloth had qualified for.
“He has kind of taken our program to new heights. He has drawn more interest to our program,” concluded Lewis.
Cape Fear head golf coach, Rick Stewart, seemed very excited for Faircloth to be a part of his team next year.
“The thing that impressed me most with Griffin was how he stayed in constant contact with me and showed interest continually throughout the process of everything,” he said. “Him showing that interest shows me that he cares. I know that I’ll have no problems with Griffin, and that he is going to do what it takes to get better and compete at this level.”
Cape Fear competes in the NJCAA Division 1, which is the highest ranking for junior or community colleges. The district that the golf team plays in has produced player such as Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed to name a few. District 4, that the Sea Devils will play in, is renowned as the toughest district in the country.
Faircloth and the Leopards are in full-swing in conference season, and he is coming off of a round of 73 at Lakewood Country Club in their match there on Monday. He has his eyes set on some big goals down the stretch of his final high school season before he makes the transition to the next level.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585