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Prillaman, Hearn become PHCC’s first golf signees

February 22, 2013
Bassett High School senior Josh Hearn (center/left) officially committed to the PHCC golf team Feb. 21. He is seen with (front row, from left) Kristie Hearn, head coach Robert Weinerth, Brad Hearn, (back row) BHS golf coach Mark Jones, BHS Principal Ron Proffitt and PHCC trainer J.R. Smith.

Bassett High School senior Josh Hearn (center/left) officially committed to the PHCC golf team Feb. 21. He is seen with (front row, from left) Kristie Hearn, head coach Robert Weinerth, Brad Hearn, (back row) BHS golf coach Mark Jones, BHS Principal Ron Proffitt and PHCC trainer J.R. Smith.

Cody Prillaman and Josh Hearn signed letters of intent Thursday to play golf at Patrick Henry Community College, becoming the start-up program’s first official signees.

Prillaman and Hearn, senior teammates at Bassett High School, will be coached by Robert Weinerth, who will guide the Patriots’ during their inaugural season of NJCAA golf starting in the fall of 2013.

“They’re both great kids. They’ve got great attitudes, and I’m just excited to be able to work with them,” said Weinerth. “I don’t think these guys are even close to their ceiling (for improvement) – nowhere near it.”

Hearn, the 17-year-old son of Brad and Kristie Hearn of Bassett, has been golfing just three years. Nonetheless, he was named first-team all-Piedmont District this spring and second-team all-Region IV.

“It will be a really good experience,” said Hearn of suiting up for PHCC. “Not many people can say they played any sport in college. I just love to play golf. Any way I can continue to play and compete after high school is a great thing.”

Prillaman didn’t pick up the sport until his junior year, though he already shoots in the low 80s on a frequent basis.

“I just kind of fell in love with the sport,” said Prillaman, who played on the varsity basketball team during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. “I wasn’t too sure where I wanted to go to college, but I knew I wanted to play. (PHCC will allow me) to get my general studies out of the way while still playing golf.”

Weinerth described both golfers as talented, dedicated athletes who also excel in the classroom. He didn’t get to know either until recently, yet he’s already seen enough to believe they can be a huge asset to the program, he said.

“Whatever I show them, they’re very eager to work on it,” he said. “And they’re both so athletically talented, I can give them just a little piece of advice and they can take it a long way and really get better quickly.

Weinerth, the longtime golf professional at Chatmoss Country Club, will remain on the recruiting trail during the coming months. He hopes to field a full team this fall – a team that could include female golfers.

The Patriots will play all of their home matches at Chatmoss Country Club, a 6,781-yard, par-72 layout that is considered one of Southside Virginia’s finest courses.

Bassett High School senior Cody Prillaman (front row, center/left) officially committed to PHCC's golf team on Feb. 21. He is seen here with (front row, from left) Angie Prillaman, head golf coach Robert Weinerth, Scott Prillaman, (back row) BHS golf coach Mark Jones, BHS Principal Ron Proffitt, BHS coach Tom Herring and PHCC trainer J.R. Smith.

Bassett High School senior Cody Prillaman (front row, center/left) officially committed to PHCC’s golf team on Feb. 21. He is seen here with (front row, from left) Angie Prillaman, head golf coach Robert Weinerth, Scott Prillaman, (back row) BHS golf coach Mark Jones, BHS Principal Ron Proffitt, BHS coach Tom Herring and PHCC trainer J.R. Smith.

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