DANDRIDGE — The Carson-Newman University golf team will adopt one of the Jefferson County teams at Madison Cline.
Cline was celebrated Friday afternoon at Jefferson County High School as she signed to continue her education and golf career with CNU.
“It’s a day of accomplishment,” Cline said. “I am proud.”
Above all, Cline wanted to focus on academics, as they have been a priority for her throughout her time at Jeff County. She realized that she also wanted to pursue her career on the links. CNU made the most sense to her.
“I could see myself playing more golf in college,” Cline said. “Carson-Newman is close to home. I liked the personal feeling of the school. I can’t wait to get in there and learn more in my major.
The CNU signee will major in biology while hitting ties for the Eagles.
Cline reached the TSSAA Large School Golf State Championship rounds as an individual her senior year after placing in the top three in the regional tournament.
She was the only individual golfer from the Lakeway area to compete in the state rounds last season.
First-year coach Bryson Jurek was grateful to have Cline on his team because it made it a bit easier for him to break into the coaching world.
“The fact that I can see Madison sign today pushes me more to help others achieve their goals,” Jurek said. “Madison has been such a leader on this team. She has been an inspiration to all of us as a team.
He continued to express how proud he was of Cline.
“It’s great to see a youngster achieve her dreams, especially as a freshman head coach,” Jurek said. “I already knew what she was capable of, but seeing it firsthand was awesome. I’m very proud.”