Christ School senior Thomas Garbee has committed to play college golf for Navy.
As a junior, Garbee was an All-Carolinas Athletic Association player who maintained a stroke average of 76.6 for 18-hole matches. He shot a season-low score of 69 in a CAA match at the Waynesville Inn and Golf Resort and Spa.
Garbee is the fifth current Greenies golfer to make a college commitment along with Chris Akers (East Carolina), Michael Freeman (Davidson), Aaron Graham (Appalachian State) and Carson Ownbey (Charlotte).
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With signed commitments to East Carolina, Davidson and Appalachian State, the Christ School Class of 2016 golfers can now add Navy to the list as well. Senior Thomas Garbee has officially committed to play at the Naval Academy. Garbee will play for Pat Owen (8-time Patriot League Coach of the Year) who has coached Navy golf for the last 26 years. Garbee said “Coach Owen stood out to me majorly in two different ways. He was not only excited about his team, but also about me. He was excited to see that I was considering the academy and in playing on his team. It is an honor to be offered a position on his team because of the success he has had in his coaching career at the academy.”
Christ School Head Golf Coach Eric Thorp (2nd year) couldn’t be prouder of Garbee saying, “I’m very excited for Thomas. This is something he has been working for the last couple of the years. He has put so much work into his golf game and gotten it to a place where he can play at the Division 1 level.” Coach Thorp understands though golf wasn’t Garbee’s only factor in attending the Academy saying, “playing at a service academy and the sense of responsibility that’s come with it, is so important to Thomas.”
Garbee who considers himself a late-bloomer went on to say “Playing golf in college is a goal that I have always had. However, the opportunity to serve my country became more important to me than continuing my competitive golf career. I was more interested in attending a military school than playing golf in college.” While playing golf is his love, he knows where his priorities are. “I want to get a great education, serve my country, and play some golf, in that order.”
Garbee is interested in the Marine Corps branch of the Navy. The Corps “will be my primary focus through the summer trainings following my plebe year. However, will all the academy offers, things could change over the course of my time there. I look forward to competing at Navy because I will fulfill my two greatest dreams, to have the opportunity to serve my country and to play golf.”
With this being the fourth commitment for the golf team since late August, expectations are high for this 2016 season. “This group of seniors as a whole has shown incredible leadership throughout these last 10 months. These commitments are just a testament to all of that hard work” Thorp says. The Christ School golf team led by Thorp in finished 2nd at State last year’s state tournament and looks to capitalize on its senior leadership.