GREENEVILLE — Walters State’s Brad Hawkins has signed a national letter of intent to attend Tusculum College and play golf for the Pioneers, TC men’s coach Bob Dibble announced.
Hawkins, a native of Knoxville, will join the Tusculum team next fall after completing his second season at Walters State.
Hawkins has put together an impressive resume at Walters State, where he is coached by Tusculum alum and TC Sports and Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame member Bill Gardner.
He was a consensus All-American his freshman season, earning NJCAA All-America first team honors and was a PING All-America second team selection. He won medalist honors at the Morehead State Invitational and was also selected to the Phil Mickelson All-Freshman Team while posting a 73.14 scoring average. He led the Senators to a runner-up finish at the NJCAA Division II national championship where he finished seventh individually.
“Brad Hawkins is an outstanding young man who is coming in as an NJCAA All-American,” said Dibble. “He will be an immediate impact player for our golf team and we are looking forward to having him with us at Tusculum.”
Earlier this fall, he won the Wasioto Winds Fall Kickoff Tournament by seven shots with a 54-hole score of 207 (9-under par). His second round score of 65 at Wasioto Winds is tied for the fifth lowest round in the country this fall. His 70.33 stroke average is currently fourth in the nation (NJCAA). Hawkins is listed numerous times in the Golfstat NJCAA national rankings, including third in par four scoring (3.97), third in subpar strokes per round (4.56) and tied for 14th in birdies (35).
Hawkins is an honors student at Walters State where he earned the WSCC Academic Award in golf and was also a TCCAA Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
He played his prep career at Central High School where he was coached by Tony Patterson. This past summer, Hawkins was an alternate for the U.S. Amateur Championship. He will also participate in the Patriot All-American Tournament at the end of December in Arizona as one of only four junior college players selected for the 84-person event.