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Bishop, BHS golf state individual champion, inks papers with MTSU

Mallory Bishop was focused on Middle Tennessee State University, and the state champion Bearden golfer will make MTSU her athletic and academic home beginning in 2005.

The 2004 TSSAA Class AAA individual state champ after almost winning state in 2002 and 2003, Bishop signed National Letter of Intent papers with the Murfreesboro school during a ceremony Friday, Nov. 19, in the BHS East Mall “Pit.”

In front of the “Pit” gathering moments prior to the signing, BHS golf head coach John Heins sang Bishop’s praises. “Mallory, as your golf coach at Bearden High School, it’s been a pleasure to have you on the golf team, and you’re one of the best girl golfers I think I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Moments prior to the ceremony, Heins said “focus” is Bishop’s most important quality. “She’s unlike any other golfer, I think, on our team, she’s just so cool out there on the golf course,” he said. “You don’t see it even with the boys that have been playing for many, many years. You can just tell when she’s playing golf, she’s focused, she’s determined, she’s into her game.

“I think (she’s) determined to be good in golf, and I think she must have decided a long time ago to be a good player.”

BHS athletic director Lynn Hill told the “Pit” gathering that MTSU is “a very large, prestigious school (23,000 approximate enrollment),” adding that, “Normally, they like state champions … Mallory’s had a great career here at Bearden …”

As for why she chose the Lady Blue Raider program, “I loved the coach, and I know most of the girls on the team … I’ve played with some of them since I was eight,” Bishop said. “And I was impressed with the campus and just everything about the school.”

Though saying her decision came down to MTSU and Kentucky, “It wasn’t close, I pretty much knew I wanted to go to MTSU in the back of my mind,” Bishop said.

As for those who have helped Bishop develop her skills, “Eric Rebmann, I think I’ve really excelled with him,” Bishop said of working with the golf pro at Egwani Farms. Bishop also credits Byron Williams, an instructor at Fairways and Greens. “Whenever I need someone to fix something in my swing, he’s there to help me,” she said of Williams.

Williams said, “The quality that makes her the most successful is her hard work. She works as hard as any high school golfer I’ve seen.”

Bishop was also joined at the ceremony by her mother, Lisa, and younger sister, Madison, 9.


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