October 6, 2003
Arkansas City golfer growing up at Cowley
Brandon Herman tees off during practice at Arkansas City Country Club.
Brandon Herman, the Ark Valley League individual points champion his senior year at Arkansas City High School, is hoping he can translate that success to the college game while playing golf at Cowley County Community College.
Herman earned All-AVL honors all three years he played golf for the Bulldogs, and in his first tournament with the Tigers, he shot a respectable 36-hole score of 159 at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield Sept. 9.
In his other fall tournaments, Herman finished in a tie for 59th (78-85 — 163) at the Southwestern Fall Invitational, and shot a 36-hole score of 168 at the Hutchinson Tournament played Sept. 29 at the Highlands Country Club.
At Hutchinson, Herman struggled to shoot 91 after the first round, but came back to shoot 77 over the final 18 holes of play. Herman’s 36-hole score at Hutchinson was the top score among Cowley golfers.
“Brandon has been a pleasant surprise,” Cowley head golf coach Nathan Pryor said. “He just needs to work on his focus and become more consistent.”
Despite his success on the golf course, Herman had some pit falls in his high school career, such as not being able to play at the state tournament as a senior due to disciplinary reasons.
However, Pryor believes those incidents are a thing of the past, and has enjoyed working with Herman in the fall season.
“He’s been real easy to coach and has shown many signs of maturing,” Pryor said.
Herman grew up not far from Arkansas City’s Spring Hill Golf Course, and would walk to the course and play golf nearly every day.
“I love getting out on the course,” Herman said. “It’s just you and the course. If you mess up, it’s your own fault.”
Although he is still getting used to playing golf at the college level, Herman believes his best golf is ahead of him.
“I think I have got a chance to do well, but there are some tough courses out there,” Herman said. “I hope to place in the top 10 in our next tournament.”
The Tigers will play at the Johnson County Tournament Oct. 12-13 at Iron Horse Golf Club, and then wrap up their fall schedule by playing a two-day tournament at Terradyne Country Club Oct. 20-21 in Andover.
“I hope we can take first or second as a team at those tournaments and end the fall season strong,” Herman said.
As for Herman, Pryor thinks the talented freshman could have a bright future in the Jayhawk Conference.
“If he can become more consistent, he could be one of the top 10 or 15 golfers in the conference,” Pryor said.
After completing his two years at Cowley, Herman plans on moving to Santa Barbara, Calif., to attend a golf academy. He is currently undecided on a major, but hopes to work at a golf course after graduating from college.
For now, Herman is strictly focusing on doing well for the Tigers.
“I hope to tear it up on the golf course,” Herman said. “Cowley has a good golf program, and you couldn’t ask for a better coach than coach (Nathan) Pryor.