Cartersville's Brumlow commits to golf at Georgia

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Buck Brumlow is the product of two University of Georgia graduates.

Friday, the Cartersville High rising sophomore decided to carry on the family tradition, announcing his verbal commitment to play golf for the Bulldogs.

"Both my parents went to Georgia, I've loved the school since I was little, I've played really well this summer — I've won about every tournament I've played in, or at least finished top three — I got a full-ride, too, so I couldn't turn it down," he said.

The decision to commit to his parents' alma mater caps an outstanding summer for Brumlow.

He picked up offers from Auburn and Alabama — as well as Georgia, which offered him roughly a month ago. Brumlow even had interest from top academic schools, such as Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.

On the links, he has displayed the consistency that made him a pillar for the Canes golf program in the spring. He said his average round is at 70 with a high of 75 and a low of 66.

Brumlow finished second in each of the two American Junior Golf Association tourneys in which he played, finishing three strokes off the pace at an event in Ringgold and one shot back in London, Kentucky.

He also won several big tournaments that included a Southeastern Junior Golf Tour event at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega. The victory came at the same course where Brumlow finished tied for second in the Class 4A state tournament to finish up his freshman season.

It allowed him to exorcise a few demons after the somewhat disappointing result at state. The tournament was scheduled as a two-day event before the second round was canceled due to rain, keeping Brumlow from being able to challenge for the title.

Even still, Brumlow managed to channel the setback into helping put together his fantastic summer.

"To be honest, state was a good experience," he said. "I played really well that first day, and I hit every green, actually. It was a very good ball-striking day.

"It almost motivated me more to get better and play better golf this summer. I really think it helped me, actually."

It's a mature approach for a 15-year-old, and, frankly, one he wouldn't have had until recently.

"Probably two summers ago, if that happened to me, it still would have been in the back of my mind that I should have won that tournament," Brumlow said. "... But if you play good golf and get beat, that's just the way it goes."

Golf is well-regarded as a between-the-ears sport. For Brumlow to be able to understand that at such a young age is impressive, but he reiterated there were some growing pains along the path to that realization.

"In eighth grade, I used to get mad and I used to break clubs," he said. "My parents are pretty strict about my temper. I just never really listened to them. I matured a little bit, got a little bit older. ... I just finally figured out that I didn't need to [get mad]."

To be clear, Brumlow still isn't completely satisfied with his play. He knows he can still improve his short game, but the drive and determination keep him from getting satisfied with the success.

Fighting complacency will be even more important moving forward, now that he has accepted a scholarship offer.

"The thing I have struggled with this summer is putting," Brumlow said. "I really haven't putted that well. I'm a huge competitor. I've played every sport you can think of. ... I hate losing, to be honest, so I think I'm going to keep on trucking, go to Georgia, try to win a championship and then see how it goes from there."

For Brumlow, "there" will ideally be the PGA Tour. He called it his "dream job."

He will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of former Bulldog greats like two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Kevin Kisner, who recently finished tied for second at the British Open.

"That was a big factor in me going to Georgia," Brumlow said of the program's history of producing professional players.

While Brumlow believes committing will take some pressure off that comes with college coaches evaluating every move made on the course, the decision wasn't made hastily. Even though Georgia was essentially his dream school, he still showed patience in waiting a few weeks after the offer to commit.

"I know a lot of the kids who are going to Georgia to play on the golf team," Brumlow said. "I talked to them, I met with my family and I just felt that was the right decision. I felt like it was time. I felt like I had matured enough and that I was ready."

So in a few years, Brumlow will get to walk the same campus his parents did before him — just like it was always meant to be.

"I think that's exactly where I need to be," Brumlow said. "I just feel like I love Athens. I've always been very comfortable around Athens. I know where everything is. I just felt that's my school that I'm supposed to go to."