By Travis Volz
It only took one match for Anthony Harper to realize he liked competitive golf, and now he will get a chance to keep competing on the link at Blackburn College.
Harper, a key member of the Hornets golf team that finished third in state last year, fell in love with golf right away.
“Right after the first match of my freshman year, I thought golf was something I could pursue,” Harper said. “I really liked it right away.”
Harper has been right in the middle of a strong run for the Nashville golf program, which qualified for the IHSA State Meet for four straight years, winning regional plaques in all four years and sectional titles three times.
That run of success is something Harper says he wants to take with him to the next level.
“The experience of being on a team with a winning tradition like this is great,” he said. “Hopefully that will transfer with me to the college level, and I can help Blackburn win.”
Nashville coach Jason Guest says that Harper is a consummate team player, and that his personality will help him him be successful in whatever comes next.
“He has a friendly, easygoing demeanor that really played well on the team this year,” Guest said. “Harp kept things loose and took younger players under his wing to help them with their games.”
He also brings a lot more to the course than just intangibles.
“He has a great work ethic,” Guest said. “He also has a pretty good short game, and his putting was pretty solid.”
His overall athleticism will help him make the adjustments he needs at the next level. Harper also played basketball and was a member of the Hornets’ track team during his high school years.
In addition to athletics, Harper has also served as the public address announcer at home baseball games, a few softball games, and at halftime of home football games. That experience will serve him in college as well, as he plans to study communications.
With plans in place for the next few year, Harper is looking forward to getting back on the course as well as continuing his education.
“I feel lucky that I’m going to get a chance to work on my golf game, as well as get educated and prepare for a career,” Harper said. “That will be my focus right now.”
That focus has already paid off for him and his team. Now a new team will give him more chances to compete.
Anthony Harper signed with the Blackburn College golf team last month. Joining him at the signing ceremony were parents Annette and Kip Harper. Standing behind them are Nashville coaches Erik Rolf and Jason Guest.