Posted May 8, 2006 13:37:35
Tech Golf Inks One of State’s Best Prep Stars
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head golf coach Jean Hall announced Monday the signing of Archbishop Rummel prep star Timothy Byrd Jr. to a national letter of intent.
Byrd, who was named to the Louisiana Class 5A all-state team as a sophomore and junior, joins Matthew Harvey on this year’s Bulldog signing class.
“Timothy is an extremely strong young man, who is very athletic and long off the tee,” Hall said. “He is a very dedicated golfer who puts in a lot of hours. He comes from a great family, and I think he will fit in well with our other players.”
Byrd, who is the son of Timmy and Tracy Byrd, didn’t begin playing golf until the age of 14 and didn’t take his first golf lesson until the summer of 2002 at the age of 15. However, it didn’t take the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder long to fine tune his game as he tied for second at the 2005 Louisiana Class 5A state championship as a junior and fifth as a senior.
The 19-year-old is ranked as the second best golfer in the state of Louisiana by Golfweek magazine and is also ranked as the 74th best senior in the country by the publication.
“I knew (Corey Bartlett and Matthew Harvey) already from playing junior golf with them,” Byrd said. “I like the school and that it is a smaller college town feel. It has a good atmosphere.”
When asked how big of a role Squire Creek Country Club – the home course for the Bulldogs – played in his decision, Byrd was quick to respond.
“A huge part,” he said. “I absolutely fell in love with the course. It’s by far the best course I’ve ever seen. I’ve played in a lot of junior tournaments across the country, and I’ve never seen a course like that. It’s nice to know I’ll have full access to work on my game.”
Byrd, who carries a 3.4 grade point average and who has already scored a 25 on the ACT, was named all-metro in 2004 and 2005. He was the recipient of the Tommy Moore scholarship awarded by the New Orleans Golf Association in 2003, only two years after he began playing the game.
Hall said that with the return of Derek Busby and Preston Smith, who both missed this season due to injury, and the addition of Harvey and Byrd, he feels extremely optimistic about next year.
“I think that Matthew and Timothy are as good as you can get,” Hall said. “I’m excited about the future of this program.”