Spoone signs with Walters State for golf

Sawyer Spoone won’t be going far from home for the next two years for college. In fact, he won’t even be leaving the city.

The Morristown East senior signed on Tuesday morning to continue his academic and golf career at Walters State.

“I am just really excited and ready to go and get after it,” Spoone said. “Now that I am finished up the fall season, I am just ready to get to next fall.”

Spoone has been a staple of the Morristown East golf program over his four years. During his junior and sophomore seasons, Spoone took home the individual title in the District 2-AAA Tournament and qualified for the Region tournament during his last three years at East.

Spoone’s improvement was evident during his senior season as he consistently shot low rounds and was the low scorer in almost every match the Hurricanes played in.

“I think I improved on my mental game,” Spoone said. “I was just trying to get everything ready because I knew I wanted to play in college.”

Spoone credits a lot of his success over his high school years to coaching from East coach Lance Helton. And if anyone knows how important Spoone has been to the East golf program, it would be Helton.

“I have been lucky enough to coach Sawyer since he was in sixth grade because I coach the East Ridge Middle School team also,” Helton said. “What he has meant to East High and East Ridge words can’t describe it. He brings not only an amazing golf game, but he and his family are just wonderful people. You can always count on Sawyer to shoot a low score and do so consistently.”

When looking at schools for his next step, Spoone didn’t have to look very far to realize that Walters State was the answer.

“I have played at the same course that they play at my whole life,” Spoone said. “I love the program too.”

Spoone will be joining a Walters State program that has had a lot of success. The Senators won the NJCAA National Championship in 2014 and have made the NJCAA Tournament 23 times, won the NJCAA Region VII Championship 14 times and the TCCAA Tournament 16 times.

For Spoone, he now has the spring and summer to work on his game as he prepares for the college level, hoping that in two years it will lead to a four-year program.

“I just need to work on kind of managing my way around the course,” Spoone said. “I feel like I have the skill, it’s just about making my way around the course now.”