East Davidson’s Cline signs with Catawba
When considering his future, East Davidson golfer Wesley Cline narrowed it to two directions to choose from: either pursue becoming a PGA professional or continue his playing career.
For someone who has grown up loving the game, neither was particularly a poor choice, but his enjoyment for playing outweighed his wanting to teach — at least for the near future — as Cline has signed with NCAA Division II Catawba College.
“It was either play or teach, and they say if you can’t play, then you teach,” Cline says with a laugh. “I’ve gotten really good at golf, so I just decided to choose this path.”
Cline began playing golf when he was 11 years old, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother, Brad, who also played golf at Catawba. As he got older and continued working at it, he saw steady improvement in his game.
He started winning tournaments and his scores starting dipping into the mid-70s and then into the low 70s. He played a couple matches as a freshman, then moved into the middle of the lineup as a sophomore and towards the top as a junior.
Cline, who has always had a stellar short game and been a consistent ball-striker, has added distance — about 50 yards — off the tee over the last year, which has helped put shorter clubs in his hands and improved his scoring.
“He’s always been an outstanding short-game player. That’s consistent all the way through,” Golden Eagles coach Justin Sink says. “His driving’s improved. When he came in as a freshman, he didn’t have great distance.
“But he’s worked on that and now he’s one of our longest drivers — consistent, down the middle. To go along with the short game he’s had all along, it’s just completed him as a player.”
Cline, who also looked at Sandhills Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne, considered attending Campbell University for its PGA Golf Management program to eventually become a golf professional.
But, after talking with Catawba, led by head coach Sam Gealy, he decided the Indians were the right fit for him.
“My brother played there, my dad went there, so I just felt like I should go there,” Cline says. “It feels great. I’m still working my butt off, but it’s just a relief to know that I don’t have to go out and worry about impressing somebody.”