December 3, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION – Marion High School senior Brendan Lewis accepted a scholarship offer Wednesday to play golf next fall at John A. Logan College.

A South Seven All-Conference and All-South performer, Lewis qualified for the state meet both his junior and senior seasons.

He was individual medalist at all but one nine-hole match this past season. Lewis tied for the lowest round in school history with a score of 31 and finished his senior campaign with a nine-hole average of 36.09, an all-time single-season record at Marion.

The Wildcats finished 32-25 overall as a team this fall and were undefeated at home. Other accolades for Lewis include: South Seven Conference medalist honors as a sophomore; regional champion as a junior; and Cardinal Creek Classic tournament champion at Scott Air Force Base as a senior.

Lewis said he is excited about the opportunity to play at Logan.

“The big thing for me in making my decision is how successful the Logan program has been over the years. Going to John A. Logan will hopefully get my game a little better and then I can move on to a four-year school after my two years there. In fact, there have been several players get Division I scholarships after leaving Logan.”

Lewis said he’s added 10 pounds since golf season ended and is trying to get stronger overall.

“I guess my strong suit would be that I am pretty long off the tee, but still need to do a lot of work on my short game.”

Marion High School golf coach Stan Stout said he is convinced Lewis made a good decision when he picked Logan.

“He has gotten nothing but better these last two years of high school,” Stout said. “His stroke average has dropped three or four strokes each year, and under the tutelage of Coach (Tom) Ferris, I think you will see Brendan’s game continue to improve. He’s only going to get better. He’s very familiar with Kokopelli, which will be his home course in college. I can’t wait to see his skills develop these next couple of years.”

Ferris was pleased with his new recruit.

“I like Brendan’s work ethic,” Ferris said. “He’s already a good player who I think will become an even better player with us. I think he has great upside. He’s a good person, a good student. We are excited to have him.”

Ferris said he wasn’t sure that he would be able to sign Lewis, thinking that he might opt to play at a four-year school right out of high school.

“Fortunately for us, he wanted to stay close to home.”