St. C.’s Jeffries to play golf for A-B
Like most boys growing up in the Ohio Valley, Adam Jeffries had his sights set on playing high school football.
However, his father Joe told him that if he hadn’t reached a certain weight, he wasn’t playing football and he could play golf.
Once again, father knows best.
Jeffries went out for the golf team at St. Clairsville High and basically the rest is history.
“I definitely don’t regret the decision (to golf),” Jeffries said.
Now, Jeffries will have the opportunity to play golf at the collegiate level. This past week, Jeffries signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and golf careers at Alderson-Broaddus College in Phillipi, W.Va. next season. Next season will mark the Battlers’ first with a golf program.
“We’re going to have seven freshmen and one transfer, who is a junior,” Jeffries said.
After looking at several options, Jeffries was finally sold on the Battlers’ campus and program.
“The first time I went down to visit, just my mom and I went and it’s not one of those campuses you fall in love with immediately because there’s so much construction going on,” Jeffries said. “However, I really liked the coach from the first time we talked.”
Jeffries, a lefthander, was convinced by Battlers’ head coach Brian Schiffbauer that he could be one of the top players next season.
“The coach made me feel confident that I could be in the starting lineup as a freshman and he made be believe that I could be a good college golfer,” Jeffries said. “The third time I visited A-B, I liked it even more. I saw the progress with the buildings and I knew it was going to be a nice campus.”
When Jeffries’ high school career began, he couldn’t even crack the Red Devils’ lineup. He was shooting 9-hole rounds in the mid 40s and was the team’s sixth man.
“Adam matured and began to see the quality of golfer he could be and really began to fine tune his game,” said St. C. head golf coach Rick Oberdick. “Adam has not only refined his skills, but also his golf sense, making better decisions and also performing under pressure. I think Adam is just beginning. In college, he will step up to and all new level and compete with the big boys.”
When Jeffries’ career ended last October, he was ninth in the state tournament in Division II as an all-Ohioan and helped form arguably one of the best golf teams in St. C’s illustrious history on the links.
“I never thought when I was a freshman that I’d actually be playing college golf,” Jeffries said. “I made a lot of progress and now I’ll get the chance.”
St. C. won two OVAC titles and a district title, while qualifying twice, as a team, to the state tournament.
“What more can you ask for?” Jeffries said. “I had some of the best times of my life playing with my best friends.”
Jeffries’ progress on the course came from repetition. He played a ton of rounds whether it be on his own or as part of the Top-Flite or American Junior Golf Association events during the summer.
“I’ve never been one to take a bunch of lessons or anything,” Jeffries said. “I just go out and play every single day. My short game has gotten a ton better since my freshman year and that’s basically all golf is, is the short game.”
While his chipping and putting has become pretty solid and consistent, Jeffries knows he’s going to have to get longer and straighter off the tee to compete well at the next level.
Along with golf, Adam was a three-year letterman in boys’ hoops and played a key role on the Red Devils’ regional championship squad of 2012.
Adam, who is the son of Joe and Lisa Jeffries, plans to study athletic training and physicans assistant.
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