DAVIDSON – As the Community School Davidson golf team begins the postseason as defending state champions, one of its seniors has landed a prestigious award off the course.
Cole Vahey is not only the recipient of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Assured Admission Program, but he also landed a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.
“It’s an awesome thing to be part of,” Vahey said of the Bob and Mindy Jones Family Assured Admit Scholarship.
Students typically apply to these professional programs after their first year at UNC, but he has been selected based on merit to the prestigious business school before stepping foot on campus.
Vahey said both of his parents were business majors at Penn State, but he’s also interested in computer science. There is no obligation for him to pursue a business degree in the program.
“With all the benefits, it’s hard to turn it down,” he said.
Vahey finished 19th in the 1A state championship a year ago as the Spartans’ 640 strokes were enough for a state title over second-place Lincoln Charter.
He was part of the conference-winning basketball team, and said since the team didn’t end its season until early March, it was tougher getting his swing back into form.
“It was about shaking the rust off, taking the reps to get into the flow,” he said.
Fellow senior Christian Jerrell also got a late start after coming off an injury.
The one-day regionals are Tuesday, May 7, at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. It’s a place where Vahey is comfortable, since the team won the Midwest Region there last season.
“We know the course,” Vahey said.