Grady Cox has parlayed an outstanding golf career at Belen High School into a division one college scholarship from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
The Governors didn’t start recruiting Cox, a senior at Infinity High School, until this past summer.
“My dad and I went on a visit there,” Cox said. “I really liked it and thought, ‘this is where the Lord is leading me.’”
While several D2 and D3 schools made scholarship offers to Cox, he decided to attend APSU because of his planned major.
“Sports communication is what I want to go into if I can’t get on the PGA Tour,” he said. “Sports communication is big for me.”
“Relief” was the first emotion Cox felt after accepting the offer, and while the recruiting process made him anxious, overall it was a positive experience.
“I’ve been able to meet a lot of great people, really nice coaches and players,” he said. “It was all a big mystery but it all worked out in the end.”
Cox, a two-time state champion with a runner-up finish as well, has excelled during the Eagles’ fall season, winning three of four tournaments.
Mike Powers spent more than 40 years as a television news and sports anchor, mostly in the Albuquerque market. He has won numerous awards including New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year. He covers a wide range of sports, including the Valencia County prep scene.