Davis Gilmore has a found a new inspiration for putting forth his best effort on the golf course this season.
For the first time in his three-year career at Reynolds, the senior for the Demons is playing without the leadership of beloved Coach Sarge Lewis Green, who died last September.
“This year I’m trying to play my best for Sarge, who passed away in September,” Gilmore said. “It felt really different at the beginning of the year not having him as coach.”
Gilmore, one of three seniors on the team, hopes the Demons can make a run for the state championship. “Winning states is everybody’s goal,” he said. “We will definitely have to play our best. (Southern Pines) Pinecrest wins it every year. They play it on their home course — Pinehurst No. 2.”
Gilmore credits his father, Martin, with getting him interested in the game.
“My dad used to play a lot of golf,” he said. “He introduced me to it and I liked it a lot and kept playing. I’ve played in tournaments all around the East Coast since I was 13. I’ve also played in the Forsyth Junior and Forsyth Invitational.”
He still turns to his dad for advice.
“He always tells me to believe in myself,” Gilmore said. “He tells me to play my own game and relax when I’m frustrated.
“It can be very, very frustrating when you hit good shots that don’t always end up good. I try to breathe, try to relax, try not to throw or break a club. I’ve done that before but not at Reynolds.”
Gilmore gave up lacrosse to concentrate on golf. He even took a break from golf before this year’s season began.
“I started to get a little burned out over the winter,” Gilmore said. “I took a couple of weeks off and started playing again and enjoying it again.”
He was quick to point out what he likes best about the game. “My favorite part is the challenge,” he said. “It’s so rewarding to hit a good shot, especially in tournament situations. It’s great hitting a shot that you visualize before you hit it.”
Gilmore is two strokes off his personal best of 32 at Reynolds, a score he shot last year.
“I’ve played pretty well so far this year,” he said. “I still can improve on things like putting and wedges. It just takes practice.”
Three questions for Gilmore
Q: Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had?
Answer: Mrs. Kirkland (Honors English at Reynolds)