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Moore signs with Kent State Tuscarawas

| April 28, 2017
Jake Moore, center, signed his letter of intent to golf at Kent State Tuscarawas on April 26 in the library at River View High School. Pictured with him are his mother Desiree Moore and his father David Moore. Josie Sellers | Beacon

Jake Moore, center, signed his letter of intent to golf at Kent State Tuscarawas on April 26 in the library at River View High School. Pictured with him are his mother Desiree Moore and his father David Moore. Josie Sellers | Beacon

WARSAW – Jake Moore has always worked toward someday golfing in college. On April 26 he took a big step in turning his dream into a reality when he signed his letter of intent to golf at Kent State Tuscarawas.

“I like golf because it’s a sport you don’t have to give up after high school,” said the River View High School senior. “You can keep playing no matter what your skill level.”

Moore has golfed for 10 years and credits his family for getting him into the sport.

“My Dad is a pretty good golfer and my brothers are good too and were both four year lettermen here,” he said.

He also is a four year letterman and said his favorite memory from golfing for the Black Bears is going to districts three years in a row.

“That’s quite an accomplishment,” Moore said. “I really have to thank my mom and dad too for taking me to all my tournaments over the years and my Dad for pretty much teaching me everything I know.”

During his time at River View, he also earned Second Team East District honors as a freshman and was named to the East District First Team during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Moore was selected as team captain and earned East Central Ohio League second team honors during his junior and senior seasons, as well as being a three-time district tournament qualifier and missed a state tournament berth by just two strokes his junior year. He won medalist honors in 13 matches and owned a 38.4 average for nine-holes, while also completing his career with an 18-hole average of 76.8. Moore also once scored a rare albatross at Crystal Springs Golf Course his junior year.

His coach Chad Gress is very happy to see him be able to continue his game at Kent State Tuscarawas.

“They are getting a really mature golfer,” Gress said. “From where he started to where he is now, he’s like a professional golfer to me. This is the first time in the six years I’ve been here that one of my golfers has gotten to go on and play in college. I’m looking forward to getting to follow him and see his career and skills progress.”

Moore liked Kent State Tuscarawas because it is close to home and offered the business and engineering technology majors he’s interested in.

“He’s put a lot of hard work into this and earned everything he’s accomplished with golf,” said David Moore, Jake’s father. “I’m very happy to see him do well and I like Kent State Tuscarawas. It’s a nice campus and looks like a good school.”

Desiree, Jake’s mother, also is excited for her son.

“It’s always been a goal of his to golf in college and I’m glad he gets to take that next step,” she said. “I like that they were persistent with him, the degrees he’s interested in are available there, that it’s a small campus and class sizes are small.”

Rob Brindley, athletic director and golf coach at Kent State Tuscarawas, said he’s been talking to Jake on and off for three years and is glad to finally have him signed.

“He’s a solid golfer, but I also look for a quality person and that’s what he is,” Brindley said.”He’s going to add to our already successful team and we are going to be able to build on his strengths.  He’s also going to get a great education.”

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    Josie Sellers

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    I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!