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The End of an Era

VAN GILES: 'He truly is a very special golfer and even more special of a young man,' -Coach Steve Burton
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By Steve Burton, Coach
Adair County High School Boys Golf Team

On Tuesday afternoon at Bowling Green Club, the end of the most successful tenure in ACHS Boy's Golf History came to an end.

Van Giles, competing in his 3rd consecutive State Tournament, fired an 81 to come up one shot short of making the cut at the Boy's State Tournament.

Van's score placed him in 47th place after the first day and one shot shy of being able to play the second day and a chance at an Individual State Title.

I have almost run out of words to describe this young man and his success on and off the course.

Van's accomplishments on the course stand alone when compared to anyone else who has ever competed for the ACHS Boy's Golf Team.

There have been a lot of great golfers who have come through this program, but I don't believe anyone has amassed the credentials and accomplishments which Van has.

He truly is a very special golfer and even more special a young man.

I have competed and been around athletics for a long time and I have never seen anyone that his teammates and his competitors cheer for more than Van.

It is incredible how every Coach and Competitor who we had played with during the year was rooting and cheering Van on.

From texts to phone calls to just the encouragement that was being given to Van from everyone at the State Tournament, it was very clear to see that Van was looked to and loved by everyone who has ever competed with or against him.

That is the ultimate compliment in Athletics in my opinion.

This kid is special, very special, and we are going to miss more than his golf game within our program. -COACH STEVE BURTON

This story was posted on 2011-10-05 18:42:17
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End of an era: Van Giles checks scorecard last time as Indian

2011-10-05 - Bowling Green Country Club, 251 Beech Bend Road, Bowling Green, KY - Photo by Steve Burton.
Van Giles checks his scorecard for the last time as an Adair County Indian. The ACHS senior was one stroke over the cut to go to the second round in the Kentucky State High School Golf Tournament. It was Giles' third consecutive appearance in the prestigious meet. His score was 47th place after the first day of play.

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