Recent Central High School graduate Austin Farris closed out his high school career on Friday, May 31 at the Tennessean Sports Awards in Nashville. The former Raider golfer was one of eight finalists up for Golfer of the Year.
"It was really good, honestly," Farris said. "It seemed kind of like one of those big-time shows where it's like the ESPYs."
Farris and his seven peers were selected from various schools across Middle Tennessee for their work on the course in 2018. The award ultimately went to Evan Woosley-Reed of Cascade.
Farris said he wasn't disappointed and that he was happy to just be nominated. He was the second CHS athlete to be considered for a Tennessean sports award. The first was Ben Reid, who was nominated for sportsmanship two years ago.
"I thought I had a little bit of a shot, but I was trying to be ready not to get it," Farris said. "I just thought it was just a great honor. I was really excited just to be able to experience the whole thing."
Farris's favorite moment from the event was listening to Golden Tate, who spoke at the event.
The Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl XLVIII Champion is a native of Hendersonville. Tate graduated from Pope John Paul II High School, also in Hendersonville.
"I thought that was pretty interesting," Farris said. "He shared one piece of advice. He said 'be ready because sports always eventually ends, they're not forever.'"
For Farris, the chance to finish his time at CHS as a Golfer of the Year nominee was a special experience. It was also something he didn't see coming.
A strong second half of the season turned into a third place individual state finish for the senior. His performance also helped secure third place overall for the team.
"I was kind of just playing mediocre golf and bad and not really great for most of the season," Farris explained. "I just realized that I should just go out and have fun and I finished it off pretty well."
Farris will attend Belmont University in the fall where he plans to major in computer science with an emphasis on pre-med.