Watson looks to continue strong golf tradition at John A. Logan - photo

Mayfield’s Andrew Watson (center) is shown with parents Steven and Donna Watson at Andrew’s signing to golf at John A. Logan Junior College in Illinois.

John A. Logan College has an impressive golf pedigree with two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships and several top 10 finishes.

Mayfield High School has an impressive history, as well, with numerous All “A” regional team and individual titles and KHSAA First Region boys’ championship, most recently won in 2017.

Graduated senior Andrew Watson is now a link to both programs with quite the resume of his own.

Watson recently signed with the Volunteers’ golf program, based out of Carterville, Illinois, to continue a run of being in the hunt for championship hardware.

“They have competed for the junior college national championship 17 out of the last 21 years. Coach (Tom) Ferris has been inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame. I trust his process on the development he has for his players to go Division I,” Watson said via text Tuesday.

And Coach Ferris sees the tradition Watson has been part of with the Cardinals working well with John A. Logan’s.

“We expect that tradition to continue and we expect Andrew to help us do that,” he said.

Watson has been part of Mayfield’s golf program since the fifth grade. In that time, he has been part of teams that was won the First Region All “A” team crown four times and won the small school individual region title in 2017.

That year, the Cardinals also took the regional team title and advanced to the KHSAA State Boys’ Championship.

“We are very proud of his accomplishments and we expect that to continue at JAL,” former MHS co-coach Brandon Henson added.

Watson, who was part of the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association all-region team for the past three seasons, credited the competition he faced each day with helping him reach the college game.

“At Mayfield, being the youngest of a 5-person team that won the region when I was a freshmen, I have played against, been beaten, and won against some of the best teammates that pushed me to be better everyday,” he said, noting Carter and Collins Dodson, Husten Lancaster, Paul Wynstra, Garrett Seay and Kesean Galbreath.

“My senior year was difficult on the coaches because I played as an individual and they went out of their way to involve me in more tournaments and I would like to thank Brandon and Sarah (Dunn) for doing that,” Watson added.

Moving on to the junior college links, he said his focus for improvement will be around the greens.

“It starts and ends around the green with the short game and putting, specifically,” he said. “That’s gonna be my main focus.”