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By Derrick Smith

Drew Goodman picked up his first golf club when he was about three years old. And at that very moment, Drew’s sport of choice had been decided. Over his career, Goodman’s game has progressively improved thanks to a lot of work.

“Success in golf requires more time than most other sports,” he said. “It requires long hours that can often be hard to come by, but I think my family instituted that love for golf in me early on. And they also encouraged me to work hard at it. These things allowed me to keep enjoying the game and I don’t love it much more than spending an entire day out on the course.”

Goodman is a senior at Christian Heritage Academy. Along with sports, he is also involved in a variety of clubs, including MAO math club, National Honor Society, and Fire, which he says is his favorite club.

“I co-lead Fire,” he said. “It is a bible study and reading group for guys in our high school.”

There have been various people that have impacted Drew’s life throughout his career. But he says that his parents and grandparents have been highly influential on his life.

“They taught me the value of hard work and dedication to a task,” Goodman said. “My dad and two grandpas gave me a love for golf, especially at a young age. They took the time out of the way to make sure I had time to play the game I loved. Another big influence would be our coach, Tony Merrell, who is also my favorite teacher. He’s taught me how to be a better leader and all-around Christian man through his daily life example.”

Over his career, Drew has had some great moments on the golf course. But he says that his most memorable moment came off the course.

“An amazing highlight in my career was receiving a phone call from Tyan Hybl, head golf coach at The University of Oklahoma,” he said. “It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget.”