Wathen puts coach’s advice to good use

North Callaway junior Gary Wathen (foreground) — accompanied by Thunderbirds head coach Jason Smith (background) — will compete in the Class 2 state championships beginning Monday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. Wathen is a first-time qualifier.

North Callaway junior Gary Wathen (foreground) — accompanied by Thunderbirds head coach Jason Smith (background) — will compete in the Class 2 state championships beginning Monday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. Wathen is a first-time qualifier. Photo by Ryan Boland.

Gary Wathen was inquisitive about what was required to be a state-level golfer, and North Callaway head coach Jason Smith proved to be a credible source.

The wealth of information the North Callaway junior gleaned from Smith has been invaluable to him this season, resulting in a qualifying berth for the 70th MSHSAA boys’ golf championships. Wathen — a first-time qualifier — will compete in the Class 2 state championships starting Monday morning at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield.

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