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CCHS senior Bray picks Carson-Newman as the place to continue his golfing career

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By Dwane Wilder

Corey Bray, captain of the Campbell County High School boys’ golf team, announced Monday that he will attend Carson-Newman College this fall.

Bray is the quintessential student athlete.

In the classroom, he has a 4.1 grade point average, 29 on the ACT and is tied for 5th in his senior class. On the golf course, Bray had a stroke average of 38 while leading the Cougars to a share of 2nd place at the 2011 District 3-AAA Tournament.

“He has been a huge asset the past two years,” Campbell County coach Jeremy Cox said.

“He is a great leader. Carson-Newman is getting a great student athlete. He can go as far as he wants to.”

Bray plans to major in chemistry at Carson-Newman.

“I’m excited to go, I can’t wait,” said Bray, who has been playing golf since he was in the sixth grade at Jacksboro Middle School.

“I’ve dreamed about (playing college golf), but I never really thought was going to happen.”

When the Cougars won their first Morristown Invitational championship on Aug. 1, Bray had to miss the tournament in order to play in the elite PrepXtra Masters that just happened to be scheduled for the same day. He finished 15th in a very talented field.

Cox said consistency might be Bray’s best attribute.

“He keeps the ball in play,” Cox said.

“He is never off of the fairway, and that’s how he keeps his scores low.”

Carson-Newman golf coach John Minor is eagerly anticipating Bray’s arrival on campus.

“Corey has put the hard work in. He has been great in the classroom and progressed on the golf course, as well. He will be a great addition to Carson-Newman. He will continue to develop on the golf course and be an asset to our program with time and the hard work he is accustomed to,” Minor said.