Ferndale High senior Carson Keller takes a swing May 2 at the Royal Oak Golf Center. Coach Scott Jeffrey said players have been showing growth.

Ferndale High senior Carson Keller takes a swing May 2 at the Royal Oak Golf Center. Coach Scott Jeffrey said players have been showing growth.

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Ferndale High boys golf coach wants to expose students to the game

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published May 7, 2019


FERNDALE — Ferndale High boys golf coach Scott Jeffrey said most of the players on his team don’t even have their own clubs.

Although players from other programs have been around golf for a large portion of their lives, Jeffrey said his job at Ferndale is “more so to grow the game and expose them to the game.”

Despite the program not being new to the school, Jeffrey said golf is not a game that is big in Ferndale.

Aside from helping his players improve, one of Jeffrey’s aspirations is to teach them about things such as etiquette on the golf course.

He has also taken on the task of trying to recruit more players to the program.

“I’m the coach who stands in the hallway and is literally recruiting kids for the golf team,” Jeffrey said. “Our short-term goals: basically, get kids on the course, get (them) knowledgeable about the game, getting them to enjoy the game and understand the game. But long-term is real simple. I want them to come back in 10 years and say, ‘Coach Jeffrey, let’s go out on the course; let’s go play.’”

At press time, the Eagles were 1-2 in the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division.

Jeffrey is a 1995 Ferndale graduate and is in the second season of his second stint coaching the program. He understands that his role is different than coaches from programs such as Birmingham Brother Rice and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

“Those kids grew up on a golf course,” Jeffrey said. “A lot are country club kids. … I don’t have the pressure that those coaches have to perform well. I don’t have necessarily the same pressure from those parents that (would) also be involved, which is nice. I do have parents involved, but (it) doesn’t have the same pressure that comes with those schools that are competing for state championships.”

Jeffrey said his players are showing growth, and if things go the way he wants, there could be even more potential for the program going forward.

“If we can keep getting these underclassmen, these freshmen and sophomores here, and build their game for a season or two, obviously we become more competitive within our league and our division,” he said.

Although there are bigger and better things Jeffrey would like to accomplish in the future, in the meantime he gets to carry on with a job he enjoys.

“I love it,” he said. “To have this opportunity again, I just feel really fortunate. … It’s a great job. My AD’s (Shaun Butler) great with me and my guys. There’s not a whole lot (of) pressure. It’s been a great experience.

“Right now, I would say that it’s a program showing promise, and I would say that we’re going in the right trajectory.”