As Brooks Malone’s father, Jason Malone knew what he wanted to say when Calhoun golf coach Richard Morgan asked about his son.
As his high school golf coach, he felt an obligation to be a little more objective.
“When coach asked me about Brooks, I told him to text those two guys and see what they say,” Jason said Wednesday.
“Those two guys” were 2019-20 Calhoun recruits Brayden Bendall and Jaceton Murray of Russellville. Bendall, Murray and Brooks Malone have played a lot of golf together in the last 12 months.
They’ve become friends as well as golf partners.
“They have played with him more than anybody of late,” Jason Malone said of the Calhoun freshmen. “They must have given a Brooks a good recommendation.
“The next day (Morgan) asked if he could get together and watch Brooks play or take a golf lesson. He came to Brooks’ next golf lesson to watch him and made him a scholarship offer that day.
“I think (Bendall and Murray) helped (Brooks) make his decision where he wanted to go.”
On Wednesday, with Morgan in attendance, Brooks made official what he’d already decided. He’ll play golf at Calhoun next year.
“His game has really come around in the last year,” Morgan said of Brooks. “He has a lot of potential to become a junior college All-American, I think. He’ll be a great asset to our program. He seems to have a great attitude.”
He’ll need to have a great golf game at Calhoun to compete. Calhoun finished fifth in the nation last year after finishing ninth the year before. The program has been ranked as high as eighth in the country this fall.
“It’s a good program and he’s recruiting some really quality kids, in addition to good golfers,” Jason Malone said of Morgan.
Morgan noted he’s recruiting a top player out of Missouri to join Brooks’ signing class.
“We’re reaching out to other states, like Tennessee and Georgia, to get talent,” Morgan said.
Brooks, according to his father, had a good end to last summer’s tournament golf with a lot of 74s and 75s. He won a couple tournaments, then had really good second half of the spring golf season:
• He shot 73 at the James Clements Invitional at Canebrake for second place
• He shot 73 at the Marshall County Tournament at Eagles Nest at Guntersville State Park for third place
• He shot 75 at the section tournament at Gunters Landing for third place
Malone and teammate James Ed Johnson, among others, return to give Arab a strong nucleus this spring.