Courtesy photo Former Red Devil Greg Gentry is making his mark at Webber, and moving up in the national, collegiate golf rankings.
published: Friday, May 10, 2013
Gentry enters national rankings
By LAUREN WELBORN
Avon Park High School graduate Greg Gentry has always been known for his talent on the golf course.
Recently, NAIA standings reflected his efforts, as his 74.44 average put him as the 67th high individual in the nation.
"When I broke top 100 I was happy," shared Gentry. "I kept looking until they updated, then I was even more happy when I broke top 75."
In addition to his national standing, Gentry is currently ranked 11th in the Sun Coast Conference and plays as the number one seed for Webber International University's team.
"My season went well. I practiced harder this year, which showed as I had some low rounds and a few good finishes."
Gentry had three, third-place finishes for the season as well as two fifth-place finishes, one of which was during the Sun Coast Conference tournament.
He also added an 8th place finish under his belt in one of the conference majors.
These successes do not come as a total shock, however.
Countless Sertoma Junior Tour championships went to Gentry during his career and he saw similar success in his Red Devil years as well, including a trip to the state finals.
Gentry added that the transition to college-level competition came pretty smoothly for him.
"The hardest thing, I would have to say, is walking 36 holes the first day [of a tournament] and 18 the second."
He clarified that in high school students walk 9 holes for regular meets and 18 for tournaments.
"I remember my first time walking 36 was miserable, now it feels like a walk in the park."
As he has adjusted to life as a Webber Warrior, Gentry has seen improvements in his game.
"My irons were the key to me playing better," he explained. "I was missing less and less greens and giving myself more birdie opportunities."
Gentry is a player who places high importance on determination and working hard to improve his game.
"I'm currently working hard on 100 yards and in. I just haven't been able to execute lately from those yardage's and those are usually the easy birdies for me."
"For next year, I plan on working hard all summer playing a few amateur events and winning some tournaments my upcoming year at Webber.
Hopefully, I will bring my national rank down in the top 25."
Throughout his 15-year career on the links, Gentry has had the constant support of his parents and he credits them for his accomplishments.
"My mom has taught me from the very beginning," he explained.
Gentry also looks inward for the dedication he has to the sport and to improving himself now in his college years.
"I just want to do it on my own, similar to Bubba Watson - he never had a lesson in his life," he said. "I like to be independent and not ask anyone for help unless I feel I need it."
Outside of his time on the course, Gentry also works hard on his studies as a Sports Business Management Major at Webber.
He left some wise words for younger aspiring golfers.
"Golf is so much harder than any other sport; rarely are you just naturally good at it," he said. "You do not get good quick with golf - it takes time, dedication, and hard work."
Gentry also advised that golfers be true to themselves and the scorecard as they improve their game.
Reflecting back on the time Gentry discovered he had made the top 75, he stated, "I just thought to myself, 'I can't wait until next year; I think it is my year.'"
Certainly, we can expect to see him continue to prosper and hopefully reach that goal as he continues to advance his game.
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