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Bishop England's Grab signs to play golf with Wofford Terriers
By Jennifer Johnston
Nov 28, 2012 - 9:09:33 AM
With the backing of (L-R) Bishops golf coach John Greavu, mom Denise, dad John, and coach Jeff Burton, BE senior Jeremy Grab is all smiles signing his letter of intent to play golf at Wofford College.
It was what Wofford offered to nab a Grab, which made that Grab nab what Wofford had offered.
Not since Purdue did pursue a swimmer named Schwimmer have I been so tickled to cover a sports story.
But the real joy here is not in the Suess-ability of the names; it’s in the relatively explosive entrance of a young golfer on to the green scene.
Bishop England senior Jeremy Grab’s got talent, there’s no arguing that. But BE golf coach John Greavu, who along with coach Jeff Burton has mentored Jeremy over the last three years, states emphatically, “He’s worked very hard, from the start.”
And that start was just four short years ago, a fact that may have actually worked in the junior golf champ’s favor. Jeremy’s dad, John, tells us that his youngest of three sons had always been a good athlete, playing basketball, football, and soccer: “He actually thought golf was boring. But the summer before starting high school he said to me, ‘I want to play golf.’ He was ready.”
The Grabs lived in Charlotte at the time, and Jeremy didn’t make the cut when he tried out for the golf team as a freshman at Charlotte Catholic High School. Determined to get after his game, he began working with a swing coach to learn the fundamentals. In July 2010, just before his sophomore year, Jeremy’s family moved to Daniel Island. Under the guidance of coaches Greavu and Burton, the young golfer found his stride on the BEHS golf team. He also continued to refine his swing with Country Club of Charleston’s swing coach Danny Stewart.
The young golfer was certainly putting in the time at the training center and proudly playing with his fellow Battling Bishops. But is it critical for a developing player to also put himself into as many tournaments as possible? “Without a doubt,” affirms coach Burton. “It’s the way to get really good, in my opinion. And Jeremy was willing to do it.”
In fact, the turning point in what Jeremy’s dad terms “a kind of meteoric rise” for his son was the prestigious Junior Azalea Championship in June 2011. Recalls John Grab, “We’d told him, ‘you got it, now go out there and play against some of the best in the region.’ And that’s the tournament that hooked him like a fish.” Jeremy had entered a qualifying round, with over 80 competitors vying to be one of four players invited into the Championship. Jeremy shot the low round of the day to earn a spot in the tournament, then went on to snag the event’s first round lead with a remarkable 67. He shot 70 in the second round; Academic Magnet High School senior Andrew Novak shot 64 to win. Jeremy finished runner-up that day, but as his father beams, “He had burst onto the junior golf stage.”
Jeremy suddenly found himself invited to all the big junior events, and his game just got tighter with every tourney. He won the South Carolina Junior Golf Association title in June 2012, and top schools were taking notice. By mid-fall, Jeremy had amassed several offers to play at the collegiate level. Just last week, he signed a letter of intent to play at Wofford College in Spartanburg beginning in the fall of 2013. He’ll be attending the school on a combination golf/academic scholarship. “It really came down to where I felt most at home,” shares the BE senior. “And every time I visited Wofford, no matter where I went on campus, it just felt right.”
Jeremy’s mom, Denise, concurs: “It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s such a weight off.” She’d watched her son get courted by other colleges, but was thrilled to learn that at Wofford he would have the opportunity to play alongside – and share a room with – fellow Charleston golfer Andrew Novak. Yes, the same kid who took that top spot from him at the Azalea contest the summer before last. They’ve become good friends, and have made one another better players.
And that is the part of what Wofford had offered that will perhaps make Jeremy’s life as a Terrier even, er, merrier.
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