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On the dotted line

Katelyn Davenport has been playing golf since she was 4, when she took a trip with her grandfather to the course for the first time. Standing on the tee box in Palm Springs, Calif., Davenport fell in love with a game that will stick with her the rest of her life.
Golf also will be helping Davenport pay for college as she signed a letter of intent Thursday to attend Bryan College on an athletic scholarship.
Surrounded by her family, including her grandfather Earl Robbins, who made the trip from California, Davenport signed at WillowBrook golf course to attend the college located in Dayton for the next four years.
Also in attendence was Davenport’s coach for the last four years, J.W. Holt, as well as her future coach Peter Bollant.
Bollant spoke candidly about the school Davenport would be attending and the special feeling of seeing her sign the scholarship.
“This is a very big day for all young athletes,” Bollant said Thursday. “We’re glad Katelyn is coming to Bryan College. We’re looking to find young people who will be leaders on and off the course.”
Davenport has had several great memories on golf courses across Tennessee, but having her grandfather there was a big moment as the two made the first outing to the links 14 years ago.
Robbins recalled the moment when his granddaughter found her new hobby.
“I was going out to the course and nobody wanted to go, so I decided to take Katelyn along with me,” saig Robbins. “I guess it just stuck with her.”
Davenport has been playing competively for school teams since seventh grade at Warren County Middle School. The last four years Davenport was a member of Warren County High School team, where she was able to go out a champion.
The Lady Pioneers won the District 6-AAA championship this September at McMinnville Country Club. While the win was one of her career highlights, Davenport’s biggest joy was the friends she made while on the course.
“I think the most fun I have playing is making friends and getting better as I go along,” said Davenport. “All the girls I’ve played with I consider to be lifelong friends.”
Davenport initially visited Bryan College this fall without knowing if playing golf would be an option. The campus impressed Davenport immensely and the call from Bollant to play golf sealed the deal.
“Bryan College is a good Christian school and I fell in love with it when I went there for a visit,” said Davenport. “I got the call from coach Bollant after I visited and decided it’s where I wanted to be.”
Davenport plans to study business management and communications while attending Bryan College. Davenport plans to persue a career in sports management.

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