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Sophomore Cole Miller Transfers to Bridgewater from New River

Nathaniel Winebarger, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va.- Transfer sophomore Cole Miller spent his first two years out of high school at New River Community College in southwestern Virginia, but after receiving his associate’s degree, it was time for a change.

 Miller played golf and baseball in high school, but always enjoyed his time on the golf course more. Miller helped lead the Giles County High School team to regionals the two years he played.

“Miller brings a tremendous amount of passion for the game and certainly provides a benefit to our team,” said junior teammate Hayden Hawes.  

Even after graduating with an associate’s degree, Miller was not quite sure what he wanted to do.  He eventually decided he wanted to continue his college career and play the sport that he loves.

As important as golf is to Miller, it was still important to consider academics. Miller, who studies coding, had originally planned to attend Virginia Tech, but his application was just one day late.  

 There are many other schools where Miller could have taken his talents, but ultimately Bridgewater felt like home while still being two hours away from where he lives.  

“Coach Rogers sent me an email back saying he would let me play on the team.  With Bridgewater offering computer science, I took my chances,” said Miller.

Miller understands he will have his hands full juggling golf and his schoolwork, but is up for it.

“It is a challenge I am ready to take on and will be worth it in the future,” said Miller.

This year, the men’s golf team expanded from ten players to eighteen, which can be a big adjustment for anybody involved with the program, even the incoming players. 

“Not knowing anyone coming in was a big worry for me coming here. These guys and the staff here have been tremendously welcoming to me,” said Miller.

Miller has found it easy to fit in with the team and the school in just a month at Bridgewater College. 

“You have to when seven guys are packed like sardines in a van on the way to a tournament,” says coach John Rogers.  

The Bridgewater men’s golf team had a tournament at Shenandoah canceled earlier this week due to rain, but head to the course for the first time Monday, Sept. 19 in their home tournament at Lakeview Golf Club.