Your Revamped NF Golf Team

By Ryan Hampton, 12 – Timberline Editor

The Naaman Forest golf program has undergone some changes this past summer. With Coach Buchanan’s departure a few months ago, Naaman found a new leader in Coach David Cook. Flying down from Portland, Oregon three days prior to the start of the school year wasn’t easy, but Coach Cook made it happen and has shown an eagerness and hunger to lead this team to success.

I sat down with Coach Cook a couple days ago and asked him some questions to not only get to know one of our new staff members at Naaman, but also to get his take on the team for this upcoming season:

  1. Where are you from? I was born in Jacksonville, Florida but I’ve moved 21 times since. I’d call Texas my own now.
  2. How long have you been around the game of golf? Since I was 8 years old.
  3. What’s one of your best memories during a round? One of my best friends brought his son to the course when he was a little over one year old. It was really great to see a kid that young stay focused and motivated through nine holes, which most wouldn’t.
  4. How did you get the job for varsity golf coach this year? There was a combining need for a new golf coach and math teacher which worked out great for me. I had a few other offers from different schools, but it seemed like I could make the most impact at Naaman.
  5. How have you enjoyed Naaman Forest so far? Naaman has been awesome. It’s been great to be able to get involved during my first year. It’s also been nice to teach something I’m passionate about. And of course, golf has been great. With the help from some senior leaders, I’ve been able to transition into the program easier.
  6. What’s been your favorite part of coaching golf so far? It’s just really being able to make a difference. Being able to help people who want help in a different atmosphere than the classroom. Working with kids who want to get better and seeing the change has been the best.
  7. What are your expectations for the team this season? To hopefully win district and go on to regionals as a team.

So far, the Naaman Forest golf team has competed in four tournaments. They’ve traveled to Waterview Golf Club (Rowlett), Cross Timbers Golf Course (Azle), The Courses at Watters Creek (Plano), and finally at Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club (Rockwall). Ryan Hampton, Cole Marcus, Tim Staats, Nicholas Christian, and Jefferson Shelton round out the senior core of the team. Isaiah Nickerson, Blake Johnson, and Max Luna are our juniors, while Coltin Rowbotham is an incoming freshman with a lot of potential. Our men’s varsity team sports Ryan Hampton, Isaiah Nickerson, Coltin Rowbotham, Blake Johnson, and Tim Staats respectively. Savannah Caldwell just recently joined the team as well, being Naaman’s only girl in the program as another senior leader for the team.

With off-season in full effect, the Naaman Forest golf team is ready and eager to put in the work necessary before tournaments pick back up again in the spring. With Sachse High School and Rowlett High School in the mix for district champs as well, it seems that it’ll come down to the wire this April to see who will be crowned champion.