Central High School senior Austin Farris’s time with the golf team may have ended, but the Red Raider has earned one more postseason honor. At the end of December, Farris was selected as part of The Tennessean All-Midstate golf team.
“It feels pretty good. It was kind of surprising hearing about that,” Farris said.
Farris is one of eight golfers selected by the Nashville newspaper from across Middle Tennessee. The list doesn’t take into account division or public versus private, selecting eight golfers based on merit alone. The selection also puts Farris into consideration for Midstate Golfer of the Year, with the winner chosen among the eight All-Midstate players at a banquet in May.
According to head golf coach Mike Ray, Farris is only the second athlete to receive a postseason All-Midstate nod from The Tennessean after Ben Reid, who was nominated for sportsmanship two years ago. While Reid was selected for sportsmanship across all sports, Farris is the first CHS athlete to receive a Tennessean distinction for a specific sport.
“It’s probably 150 to 200 schools, at all levels,” Ray said. “It shows the kind of players that we produce. I think it definitely is a reflection on Austin, first of all.”
According to Farris, the secret to his skill on the course has been the support of his friends and family over the years to motivate him to keep improving. These motivation tactics paid off at September’s state golf tournament. Farris led the team with an even-par 72 to secure a third-place state finish for CHS. Farris also finished in a tie for third place as an individual.
This turned out to be Farris’s last tournament as a team member. Farris has decided to forgo collegiate offers and attend Belmont University in Nashville. Despite choosing to focus on academics, Farris still plans to make golf a part of his life through local amateur tournaments and scrambles. A fan of the peaceful nature of the sport, Farris has no plans to stop making golf a part of his life.
“With all other sports, there’s always yelling and all kinds of stuff,” Farris explained. “On the golf course it’s mainly just dead silent.”