Cody Brewer finished off his stellar golf career at Harlan County High School with a strong showing in the regional tournament last week. Brewer, who won the county tournament a week earlier, shot an 80 in the regional at the Wasioto Winds course in Pineville, the best score among golfers from the county.
“As a senior, he performed very well and exceeded expectations,” said Harlan County coach Drew Chamberlain.
Brewer, who also has played basketball at HCHS, began his golfing career at age 4, leisurely playing and bonding with his grandfather through the game of golf. He’s been playing ever since. The game changed forever when Brewer met Chamberlain in the seventh grade.
“He [Cody] has always had talent, but it was very raw and sometimes immature when he first started,” said Chamberlain, who at the time was new to coaching.
Through the years, Chamberlain spent extra time working with his golfers.
“I am very competitive and straight forward. I have matured as a coach over the past few years and learned that if I show patience each and every day and try to have fun and stay positive, the players feed off of that positive energy and play more relaxed and confident,” Chamberlain said.
Brewer soon learned the power of confidence.
“The most valuable thing I feel he has taught me is that always be yourself and never try to make yourself someone you aren’t to please others,” he said.
Though Brewer has been playing for several years, most of the HCHS golfers are new to the game and Chamberlain has high hopes for his team.
“The players I have returning have tremendous upside for the future,” Chamberlain said.
Eli Estep and Brendan Rutherford were next for HCHS, behind Brewer, shooting a 96 and 97, respectively. Trey Early and Caleb Ashley also represented the Black Bears at the regional meet.
While last week’s regional tournament marked the end of Brewer’s high school golf career, he’s considered playing on the collegiate level.
“I’d love to continue playing on a higher level,” he said, “but it just all depends on what the future holds.”
Matthew Farmer is a staff writer for Bear Tracks, the student newspaper at Harlan County High School.