Campbellsville High School senior Layton Hord will continue his academic and golf career at Campbellsville University this fall.
Hord recently signed his letter of intent in a special ceremony with his teammates, coaches, teachers, family members and friends.
CHS Principal Weston Jones said he remembers Hord when he first played golf.
He kept up with Hord’s scores, which started out in the low 100s to 90s, but, with time, got better.
“Before long, Layton said, ‘You know, I shot 70,’’ Jones said. “I said, ‘Well, I can’t compete with you anymore.’”
Jones said signing to play at CU is a big opportunity.
“Any time we have an athlete go on and play at the collegiate level, that’s huge,” Jones said.
CHS Athletic Director Tim Davis said Hord is the first in his class to officially sign to play sports at the collegiate level.
“[CU Golf] Coach [Jim] Ward, you’re getting a good one,” Davis said.
“He will definitely keep you on your toes. He will definitely keep spirits high. And, you never know what’s going to happen, and that’s good,” Davis said.
Davis said Hord has been a vital part of the CHS golf program for the last four years.
Hord has led his team to the All “A” region and state tournaments and been successful in many summer tours.
Blake Milby, who has completed his first year as golf coach at CHS, said he is excited about Hord playing at the next level.
“I think you’re going to do well,” Milby said. “Your accolades speak for themselves.”
Milby said he is most proud of Hord sharing his faith with his team, asking to pray together before matches.
“You keep that priority first,” he said. “And golf, school, career, all that stuff will fall into place for you.”
Hord thanked his school friends, future teammates and fellow Eagles.
He also thanked his grandparents for taking him to many golf tournaments, and his parents for their constant support.
Hord thanked Ward, who coached the CHS team before Milby.
“He raised me up to be a good golfer,” Hord said.
Ward said he has talked to Hord many times about playing at CU.
“We had a great time when he was in high school,” Ward said, “And I think we’re getting a young man who’s going to help our program.”
Ward said he loves Hord’s enthusiasm.
“We’re glad to have him,” he said. “You’ll work hard us, I’m sure. We’re glad to have you, buddy.”
Hord is the son of Scott and Farrah Hord.